British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.”

The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more than 800,000 pages–are to be digitized and made available online free of charge as part of an effort called Two Centuries of Indian Print: 1713-1914.

The Times of India has the story in full.