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Old 08-14-2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default Library PDFs??

Awhile back in the forum, I was complaining about research I was doing, because so many of the books involved cost $150 to $175, even though a number of them were classic studies in the public domain. So if I need like 30 of them, the cost runs up.

The other day I stumbled on some on e-bay. They were PDFs – with like four volumes per CD-ROM at a cost of 99 cents. So with one I am considering, what I was expecting to pay over $200 on, now will cost me $4.99 with shipping. These CD-ROMs came out last year.

There’s a library not far from my house, and no one was using it, so they opened it to the public. Over 180,000 volumes, on beautiful grounds, Tuscany architecture – it’s like surreal being there, with never more than just a small number of people present. And they have an extremely fine collection of books on my subject research. But it so happens they are missing just some of the important 19th century works.

I wonder – are libraries interested in CD-ROM books?? Maybe, I should mention these discs to them, or even donate some copies. Or will CD-ROM books become popular in general with libraries in the future?? (Except the discs should be DVD-ROMs)

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