Internet Archive Book Images

Internet Archive Book Images

A flickr account that publishes public-domain images pulled from books on the Internet Archive Website.

A flickr account that publishes millions of public-domain images pulled from books on the Internet Archive Website.

The project is explained as:

“A Yahoo research fellow at Georgetown University, Kalev Leetaru, extracted over 14 million images from 2 million Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 5 centuries of content, compiling more than 14 million high resolution images spanning nearly every topic imaginable. Each image includes detailed descriptions, including the subject tags of the book it came from and the text immediately surrounding it on the page. The latter is especially powerful, as it allows to keyword search 500 years of images, instantly accessing particular topics or themes. Searching for love yields a myriad images of cherubs and courtship, while mortis (death) offers a glimpse into the early modern period’s fascination with the subject. A search for bird offers a vividly colorful showcase of the world’s bird species, while searching for telephone traces the invention’s history from its introduction as an electric novelty to its widespread adoption.”

http://blog.flickr.net/en/2014/08/29/welcome-the-internet-archive-to-the-commons/


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