British Library, Google in Deal to Digitize Books Published between 1700 and 1870

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LONDON (AP).- A treatise on a stuffed hippopotamus, an 18th-century English primer for Danish sailors and a description of the first engine-driven submarine are among 250,000 books to be made available online in a deal between Google and the British Library. The agreement, announced Monday, will let Internet users read, search, download and copy thousands of texts published between 1700 and 1870. It is a small step toward the library’s goal of making the bulk of its 14 million books and 1 million periodicals available in digital form by 2020. “So far we have only been able to digitize quite a small fraction of the global collection,” said the library’s chief executive, Lynne Brindley. “There is a long way to go.” The deal marks another step in Google’s effort to make digital copies of the world’s estimated 130 million books. The company, based in