[caption id="attachment_66665" align="alignleft" width="183" caption="The deal will make the full texts of 250,000 books from the British Library available to researchers online."][/caption]A treatise on the hippopotamus and a description of the first engine-driven submarine are among 250,000 books to be made available online in a deal between Google and the British Library.

The agreement, announced June 20, will let internet users read, search, download, and copy thousands of texts published between 1700 and 1870.

It is a small step toward the library's goal of making the bulk of its


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