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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Internet Archive opens 1.6 million E-Books to kids with OLPC laptops

"All 1.6 million books digitized so far by the Internet Archive, the San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to the universal sharing of knowledge, will be available free to children around the world who have laptops built by the Cambridge, MA-based One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC), Internet Archive director Brewster Kahle announced at the Boston Book Festival in downtown Boston. Kahle said the announcement capped a year-long collaboration between the Internet Archive and the OLPC, which was founded by MIT computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte. 'We've been working for the last year, since Nicholas invited us, to show that we can do this,' Kahle said. 'We took all of the one million, six hundred thousand books and reformatted them to work with the OLPC laptop'" - Xconomy

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