Crazy Smart / Digitize This Book

Digitize This Book Crazy Smart AdFrom stacks to scanner to your inbox. That's the idea behind our new digitization-on-demand service that lets Duke students, faculty and staff have out-of-copyright books scanned and digitally-delivered for free.

Here's how it works:

If a book is in the public domain (published before 1923) and located in the Perkins, Bostock, Lilly or Music libraries or in the Library Service Center (LSC), a green "Digitize This Book" button appears in its online catalog record. Click on this button.

Within two weeks (although usually sooner), you will get an email with a link to the digitized book. You and the rest of the world — can read the book online, download it to your Kindle or iPad, export it as a PDF or get it as a fully searchable text-only file. Best of all, you won't have to worry about late fees or recalls because you never have to return a digitized book!

Ever since we announced this new service, we've gotten lots of appreciative comments from students and faculty, and we've been tweaking the process as we go. We hope to expand the service to other library materials and users in the near future.

That's not just smart. That's crazy smart.

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