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Happy Reading! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Kristen Twardowski

UB_Utrecht_-_Louis_Renard_-_1782_-_Natuurlyke_Historie_-_page_90 Louis Renard, Natuulyke Historie (1782): 90, Special Collections, University Library of Utrecht, via Samuel Fallours and Wikimedia.

Sometimes I get a hankering to read old books. Luckily I’ve found a website that allows me to explore some of the rarest books in the world for free.

The Rare Book Room is a website created by Octavo, a company that has digitized hundreds of rare books from the greatest libraries in the world. The collection contains books by Galileo, Copernicus, Shakespeare, Einstein, Wollstonecraft, and numerous others that cover subjects like art, exploration, history, and music.

Despite the obvious care that went into digitizing the books – the website proudly discusses the the resolution of each image – the site itself is very simple and lacks the bells and whistles of many of its contemporaries. Don’t let the project’s unadorned nature fool you though; the creators regularly add excellent new…

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Comments on: "Online Resource: Reading Free Rare Books" (10)

  1. Great resource. Thanks for reblogging this post.


  2. Thank you for sharing this, Bette. A wonderful site.


  3. Thank you dear Bette for the nudge, I must check this website 🙂

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    • I’ve been planning to check out a few of the antique books we have that have been handed down from the family…this post gave me the nudge I’ve needed to do that and more. Have fun! 🙂

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  4. What a great idea! I have a huge bookcase of a lot of the old greats. They are starting to deteriorate now, not to mention the dust.

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  5. Thank you for information, dear Bette! The resource is valuable indeed! 🙂
    Have a nice week end!
    Best wishes,

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