Guess what we find in books? A look Inside our Midwest Regional Digitization Center– by Jeff Sharpe

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Jeff Sharpe, of the Internet Archive's Midwest Regional Digitization Center, writes about the history of books they digitize:

"The history of a book isn’t captured merely by the background of the author or its publishing date or its written content. Most books were purchased and read by someone; they are from a specific time and place. That too is part of each book’s history... Whether it is someone pressing a violet between the pages, Abe Lincoln researching abolition, or a forgotten survey report by Daniel Boone, sometimes the material we digitize can bring our past alive."  (Internet Archive Blogs, March 11, 2016)

He provides examples of books with interesting histories.