Google Books Library Project – It would be impossible to talk about digital library collections without mentioning Google — one of the most impressive and most-discussed of all of the digital book scanning projects. The stuff from Oxford’s Bodleian Library is a must-see forÂ Isaac Newton’sÂ Mathematical principles of natural philosophy from 1729, the first edition of Jane Austen’sÂ Emma. I’m a fan of theÂ Inside Google Books blog — especially when spotlighting things such as Nietzsche’s mustache.
Columbia UniversityÂ Digital Collections — The Digital Collection is a mix of things. The Digital Scriptorium is neat, in an esoteric kind of way. The best stuff by far are the online exhibitions from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library — “Shakespeare and the Book“Â (which includes the rarest of the rare, Shakespeare’s First Folio) and “Our Tools of Learning”
Rare Book Room — Another one of my favorites, culling together rare scanned books from everywhere.Â Galileo.Â Benjamin Franklin. TheÂ Bill of Rights, lots and lots of Shakespeare,Â Milton’sÂ Paradise Lost andÂ Areopagtica.
Smithsonian Digital Library — All manner of things here. The online exhibitions are the most interesting things. A neat Jules Verne online collection. Also worth a look: “Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration,” and “Science and The Artist’s Book”