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  • raj 6:46 pm on October 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, iceland   

    Iceland: Where one in 10 people will publish a book – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24399599

     
  • raj 9:25 pm on June 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books,   

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/a-golden-age-of-books-there-were-only-500-real-bookstores-in-1931/258309/

     
  • raj 3:11 am on September 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books,   

    Internet Archive received a large book donation from… 

    Internet Archive received a large book donation from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library:
    http://blog.archive.org/2011/09/20/volunteer-help-us-get-200000-books-on-sunday/

    This is what it looked like before the books were packed up:

     
    • Ramesh Chakrapani 5:50 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Raj

      Amazing work.

      I’m in the process of building an online library of Tamil works and Brewster and Archive.org have been a huge inspiration. We are also planning on using the BookReader, so special thanks to you are in order .

      (My blog rajrecords.wordpress.com displayes the BookReader links for all featured books for easier reading).

      All the best

      Ramesh Chakrapani
      Singapore

  • raj 12:29 am on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books   

    http://www.reddit.com/r/BookPorn

     
  • raj 5:17 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, shipping container   

    How many books fit in a shipping container? 

    • 1 box = 35 books
    • 1 pallet (8 high) ~= 1700 books
    • 20 ft shipping container = 10 pallets = 17,000 books
    • 40 ft shipping container = 22 pallets = 37,000 books
     
  • raj 7:17 pm on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books   

    Making Books, 1947 

    A fascinating look at how books were produced:

    via http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2470320

     
  • raj 5:00 am on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, covers   

    Airport Bookstore: book covers from around the world 

    Airport Bookstore:

    Every week I choose one book title and post four covers from different countries.

    Via MeFi Projects

     
  • raj 9:41 pm on March 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, , tronix   

    Make Your Own Relays 

    Volume 9 of the Popular Mechanics DIY Encyclopedia (1955) has a section on how to fabricate your own A.C. relays.. Just look at that guy making a relay with a hammer! I love how the section of building relays is thrown in with the sections for repairing your roof and fixing your refrigerator, as if this was a common task for the 1950’s homeowner.

    Available to borrow fromĀ Open Library’s Lending Library program!

     
  • raj 11:56 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, , wine   

    Easy To Make Wine 

    Easy To Make Wine, with additional recipes for cocktails, city, beer, fruit syrups, and herb teas is a must-have for every kitchen:

    This book is intended for the ordinary housewife or
    perhaps her husband.

    I hope it will be helpful to those who wish to make a
    few bottles for home consumption or for giving to friends.

    Available to borrow from Open Library’s Lending Library program!

     
  • raj 7:55 pm on February 24, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: books, data, , formats   

    New Upload Format, *_images.zip, for Scribe-style Uploads 

    Hank says:

    I’d like to provide some information about a new file format to some of you who have been involved with uploading already-digitized materials to the Archive. (Please share this message with anyone I didn’t include and should have.)

    You may be familiar with (and may be using) our existing _jp2.zip and _jp2.tar files. Making these from your own existing images is inconvenient and error-prone, due to the rigid expectations for individual image filenames and directory structure.

    The new format is much more flexible. If you provide a file whose name ends in _images.zip, we’ll make a _jp2.zip from it: the _images.zip will be unpacked, its contents sorted alphabetically (and any subdirectories flattened), and the set of images found within converted into a standard _jp2.zip, which we’ll then process as usual.

    In a bit more detail, the _images.zip will be scanned for files it contains, at any directory level, whose names end with .jp2, .jpg, .tif, or .png, matched case-insensitively; any other files (.xml, .txt, etc.) will be ignored. You can mix and match different image formats. All image files found will be sorted alphabetically (including any directory names, so that files originally in the same directory stay together in the new sequence), converted to jp2 if they’re not already, renamed the way our code expects, and packed into a new _jp2.zip, leaving your _images.zip in place as it was.

    For an example of how messy an _images.zip we can deal with, see:

    http://ia700400.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/25/items/hr100106/hr100106_images.zip

    listing from hr100106_images.zip
    	767010/	01-06-10 13:18	0
    	767010/76701057/	01-06-10 06:59	0
    	767010/76701057/00000001.jpg	01-06-10 06:59	268802
    	767010/76701061/	01-06-10 07:00	0
    	767010/76701061/00000001.jpg	01-06-10 07:00	292476
    	767010/76701067/	01-06-10 07:01	0
    	767010/76701067/00000001.jpg	01-06-10 07:01	230612
    	767010/76701068/	01-06-10 07:02	0
    	767010/76701068/00000001.jpg	01-06-10 07:02	235011
    	767010/76701069/	01-06-10 07:05	0
    	767010/76701069/00000001.jpg	01-06-10 07:05	281997
    ...
    

    The 589 images files found there were converted into:

    http://ia700400.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/25/items/hr100106/hr100106_jp2.zip

    listing from hr100106_jp2.zip
    	hr100106_jp2/	02-22-11 05:31	0
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0000.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	143845
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0001.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	191348
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0002.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	93923
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0003.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	100340
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0004.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	164196
    	hr100106_jp2/hr100106_0005.jp2	(JPG)	02-22-11 05:30	169330
    ...
    

    Note that the new _jp2.zip, and the files it contains, are named according to the name of the original _images.zip file (“hr100106”), regardless of how directories and files are names inside the _images.zip. Those files and directories can be named any way you like; the names matter only in that they determine the sequence of the images in the new _jp2.zip.

    Again, please share this info with anyone you think will be interested.

    Thanks, Hank!

     
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