The British Library and Google announced on June 20, 2011 a partnership to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections. This move opens access to one of the greatest collections of books in the world. The British Library selected the books and Google digitized the books to deliver content free through Google Books (http://books.google.co.uk) and the British Library’s website (www.bl.uk).
This project will digitize a huge range of printed books, pamphlets and periodicals dated 1700 to 1870, the period that saw the French and Industrial Revolutions, The Battle of Trafalgar and the Crimean War, the invention of rail travel and the telegraph, the beginning of UK income tax, and the end of slavery. It will include material in a variety of major European languages, and will focus on books that are not ye freely available in digital form online.
Information obtain from BL Press Release