British Library makes collection available via Amazon and POD

<p>The British library is to make more than 65,000 19th-century works of fiction from its collection available for free downloads by the public from this spring. Readers will also be able to order print copies via Amazon.com.<br /><br />The <em>Times </em>reports that owners of the Amazon Kindle will be able to view well known works by writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as well as works by thousands of less famous authors. The paperbacks, costing &pound;15-&pound;20, will look like the frequently rare 19th-century editions in the library&rsquo;s collection &mdash; including their typeface and illustrations. Originals of works by Austen and Dickens typically cost at least &pound;250.<br /><br />&quot;Freeing historic books from the shelves has the potential to revolutionise access to the world&rsquo;s greatest library resources,&rdquo; said Lynne Brindley, the library&rsquo;s chief executive.<br /><br /><br /></p>