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More than 14M digital books being made available to blind

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ANN ARBOR, MI (AP) -

A digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan plans to make more than 14 million digital books available to people who are blind or those who can't use traditional printed books.

The plans announced this week are part of a collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and HathiTrust Digital Library.

National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono says the effort will specifically benefit print-disabled students and scholars within the academic community. In a statement, he notes that "access to the printed word has historically been a great challenge."

HathiTrust has more than 100 institutional academic and research partners. Their online archive, a major portion of which was scanned by Google, currently contains millions of digitized titles in different languages from libraries around the world.

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