Did You Know That You Can Borrow Books From Internet Archive?

Sure, you can read books that are out of copyright on Archive.org or even download the same books and save them to a hard drive or a flash drive. But did you know that you can even borrow current books that are still within copyright?

Books in the Archive.org collection may be borrowed by logged in patrons for a period of two weeks. Internet Archive offers borrowable books in BookReader, PDF and ePub formats. BookReader editions also may be read online immediately in any web browser.

Diane L Richard describes how to borrow newer books from Archive.org in an article in the NGS Blog at: http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2017/10/did-you-know-that-you-can-borrow-books.html

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Thank you for this information Dick. I followed the link which pictures a sample book entitled “The Land of the Wilkes.” My maiden name is Wilke, so I was interested in finding out more. Wilkes Land is in Antarctica and was named after Charles Wilkes, an American Explorer. Another funny connection is that Charles Wilke is my father’s name! Thank you for a fun start to my morning. 🙂

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Hello Dick,
I was wondering about the renewal process on Archive.org. I am running a short summer school class and I want to tell the students about a textbook that they can access during the course. The only issue is that the course runs for 5 weeks and it seems books can only be loaned for 14 days. Are renewals possible at the expiration of the loan?
John

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    —> I was wondering about the renewal process on Archive.org.

    Yes, but it is first-come, first-saved. If the first person’s loan runs out and someone else is waiting for a loan, the second gets the book next and the first person gets moved to the end of the line waiting for a loan.

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Hello Again Dick,
Thanks so much for your response to me earlier question regarding loans on Archive.org. Afterwards, I suppose the thought I had was, if this is a digital copy, shouldn’t there be an unlimited number of loans possible? And it seem everywhere I look on the FAQ page, there seems to be no information on actually how many loans are allowed for one book. The queue system implies there is a limit, but most libraries will tell you – there are x number of copies available. Here on Archive.org there is no such indication. Do you know if there is a way of knowing the number of copies available on one borrowed resource?
John

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    —> if this is a digital copy, shouldn’t there be an unlimited number of loans possible?

    For a book or any other item that is still protected by copyright laws, the laws will not allow an unlimited number of copies to be circulated at once.

    —> Do you know if there is a way of knowing the number of copies available on one borrowed resource?

    I do not know of any such source on Archive.org. I assume the number is dictated by the copyright holder, which is usually the publisher of the copyrighted work. In some cases, it might be the original author of the copyrighted work.

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