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PLACEORGANIZATION(S)PROJECTDATE BEGUNNUMBER OF ITEMSCONTENTPUBLIC DOMAININ-COPYRIGHTNOTESSOURCE(S)
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USAProject GutenbergProject Gutenberg197133,000Books, audiobooks100%0%http://gutenberg.org
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USALibrary of CongressAmerican Memory1990210,000Manuscripts, images, audio, video100%0%http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/about/index.html
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USALibrary of CongressNational Digital Library19945,000,000Manuscripts, images, audio, video100%0%Lamolinara, Guy. “The National Digital Library at 10..” Library of Congress Information Bulletin 63, no. 10 (October 2004): 195-201.
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USAInternet ArchiveInternet Archive19962,500,000Books, other texts, audio, moving images, web pages100%0%Budget is 10 million per year.http://www.archive.org/about/about.php, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Archive
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USACalifornia Digital LibraryUniversity of California19973,000,000Books, images, scholarly papers, web siteshttp://www.cdlib.org/about/numbers.html
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FranceBibliothèque Nationale de FranceGallica19991,300,000Books, manuscripts, maps, images, periodicals, scores100%0%Oberhelman, D. D. “Gallica: The Digital Library.” Reference Reviews 22, no. 4 (2008): 8–9., http://gallica.bnf.fr/
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USAeBraryeBrary1999170,000Books, audiobooks, texts0%100%http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebrary, http://ebrary.com
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USANational Science FoundationNational Science Digital Library20002,500,000Texts Science-related "teaching resources" of all kindsMervis, Jeffrey. “NSF Rethinks Its Digital Library.” Science 323, no. 5910 (January 2, 2009): 54 -58. http://www.sciencemag.org.mutex.gmu.edu/content/323/5910/54.short.
, McArthur, David. “National Science Digital Library: Shaping Education's Cyberinfrastructure..” Computer 41, no. 2 (2008): 26-32.
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USAGoogleGoogle Books200215,000,000Books, periodicals27%73%Most of the in-copyright works are orphans.Kravets, David. “Google Books Fosters Intellectual, Legal Crossroads.” Wired, February 18, 2010. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/02/google-books-fosters-intellectual-legal-crossroads/., Crawford, James. “On the Future of Books.” Inside Google Books, October 14, 2010. http://booksearch.blogspot.com/2010/10/on-future-of-books.html.
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USAOverDriveDownload service for libraries2002500,000Books, audiobooks0%100%http://www.overdrive.com/About/
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ChinaNational Library of ChinaNational Digital Library Project20051,620,000Books, periodicals, other texts, images, sounds, videosWei Dawei, and Sun Yigang. “The National Digital Library Project.” D-Lib Magazine 16, no. 5 (May 2010): 1.  
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EuropeEuropean CommissionEuropeana200515,000,000Books, periodicals, other texts, images, sounds, videos100%0%Just yesterday launched an API servicehttp://www.europeana.eu/portal/aboutus.html
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KoreaNational Library of South KoreaNational Digital Library of Korea (dibrary)2005380,000Books, periodicals, images, audio, videoSome articles claim that it has 116 million "pieces of data," but I think that's counting things like database records. It has 380,000 ebooks, at any rate.Bae Ji-sook. “Library Going Digital.” The Korea Times, May 20, 2009, sec. Nation. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/05/113_45292.html.
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NorwayNational Library of NorwayNBDigital20057,300,000Books, periodicals, audio (radio), video (TV and movies), images, manuscripts, web sitesThe number of items is much larger, doubtless -- doesn't count websites, radio, or movies, and the number is from spring 2009. Also, the Ministry of Culture increased the amount it gave by a huge amount, from .3 million GBP in 2008 to 1.3 million in 2009.Takle, Marianne. “The Norwegian National Digital Library..” Ariadne: A Web & Print Magazine of Internet Issues for Librarians & Information Specialists 30, no. 60 (July 2009): 16.  
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USAAudible.com, Amazon.comAudible200585,000Audiobooks, spoken word recordings0%100%http://audible.com, “Amazon Buying Audible In Deal Worth $300 Million; Should Boost Kindle Content | paidContent.” paidContent, n.d. http://paidcontent.org/article/419-amazon-buying-audible-for-300-million/.
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WorldLibrary of Congress, UNESCOWorld Digital Library20051,250Books, images, maps100%0%Google gave $3 million to it; not sure of source of other funds.Pfanner, Eric. “Unesco Puts World's Major Works Online.” The New York Times, April 21, 2009, sec. Technology. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/21/technology/21library.html?scp=3&sq=world%20digital%20library&st=cse.
, Hafner, Katie. “Google Gift to Digital Library.” The New York Times, November 22, 2005, sec. Technology. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/22/technology/22google.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=world%20digital%20library&st=cse.
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USAInternet ArchiveOpen Library20071,700,000Books99.99%0.01%Just began a lending program of in-copyright books with a collection of 9,000http://openlibrary.org/help/faq
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USAAmazonKindle store2007810,000Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, other texts20%80%“Amazon Buying Audible In Deal Worth $300 Million; Should Boost Kindle Content | paidContent.” paidContent, n.d. http://paidcontent.org/article/419-amazon-buying-audible-for-300-million/, http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store-ebooks-newspapers-blogs/
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USANetflixNetflix Watch Instantly200720,000Movies0%100%"Cost" is Netflix's annual operating expenses as of 2010 according to WikiInvestTrefis. “Amazon Streaming Lags Netflix.” TheStreet, February 28, 2011. http://www.thestreet.com/_aol/story/11025593/1/amazon-streaming-lags-netflix.html?cm_ven=AOL&cm_cat=Free&cm_pla=Feed&cm_ite=Feed.
, http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/Netflix_%28NFLX%29/Data/Total_Operating_Expenses
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USAHathiTrustHathiTrust20088,200,000Books, periodicals26%76%http://www.hathitrust.org/about
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USAEBSCONetLibrary1999300,000Books, audiobooks0%100%http://library.netlibrary.com/Home.aspx
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