The Internet-based InstaBook Corporation (www.instabook.net) has announced a new digital library initiative. It claims that it can promote literacy around the world.
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In association with the Project Gutenberg Consortia Centre and other organisations, instabook.net says it has created a new service geared to take a wide range of books to libraries and other non-profit organisations. Project Gutenberg, founded in 1971, is a global volunteer effort to digitise, archive and distribute cultural works. It is the oldest digital library. Most of its items are the full texts of public domain books. Visitors to the instabook.net website can download for free any of nearly 100,000 titles and have them printed on demand if they have access to an InstaBook Digital Library. Users can install an InstaBook Maker in their premises by paying the manufacturing cost of the equipment.