Buried deep inside an article about a different topic is a reference to digitizing old books and placing them online. Dan Burnstone, from ProQuest, states that his company has launched a project that aims to get all early European books printed between 1475 and 1700 online.
"We don't know how many books we are ultimately dealing with, but we think it's something like one million," said Burnstone. "Our plan is to digitise the holdings of several European libraries over several years."
The project requires the laborious and time-consuming scanning of valuable and ancient books from libraries across the continent.
In November, some 4,000 books from before 1600 housed at Florence library in Italy will be published online, including some central texts of the Renaissance and books owned by the astronomer Galileo Galilei.
You can find several articles about the new project if you start at http://goo.gl/uecz