The University of Michigan (U of M) and Amazon.com is partnering on making books no longer in copyright available for purchase as reprints. The agreement was made between U of M and Amazon.com subsidiary BookSurge.
The original books are contained within the U of M Library. “This agreement means that titles that have been generally unavailable for a century or more will be able to go back into print, one copy at a time,” stated U of M librarian and dean of libraries Paul N. Courant.
The reprint program includes books that have been digitized by the U of M book scanning partnership with Google. Over 400,000 books across 200 languages have been scanned so far. U of M will be setting the prices of the reprints and the university will be sharing revenue with BookSurge.