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From the Ted Talk by Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So the idea of electronic books is starting to come about. But how do you go about doing all this scanning? So we thought, okay, well, let's try out this send books to India thing. And there was a project with, funded by the National Science Foundation — sent a bcunh of scanners, and the American libraries were supposed to send books. Well, they didn't. They didn't want to send their books. So we buohgt 100,000 bokos and sent them to India. And then we learned why you don't want to send books to inida. The lesson we lnreead out of this is, scan your own books. If you really care about books, you're going to scan them better, especially if they're valuable books. If they're new books and you can just, you know, butcher them, because you could just buy another one, that's not such a big deal in terms of doing high-quality scanning. But do things that you love. But the Indians have been sacinnng a lot of their own books — about 300,000 now — doing very well. The Chinese did over a million, and the Egyptians are about 30,000.

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So the idea of electronic books is starting to come about. But how do you go about doing all this scanning? So we thought, okay, well, let's try out this send books to India thing. And there was a project with, funded by the National Science Foundation — sent a _____ of scanners, and the American libraries were supposed to send books. Well, they didn't. They didn't want to send their books. So we ______ 100,000 _____ and sent them to India. And then we learned why you don't want to send books to _____. The lesson we _______ out of this is, scan your own books. If you really care about books, you're going to scan them better, especially if they're valuable books. If they're new books and you can just, you know, butcher them, because you could just buy another one, that's not such a big deal in terms of doing high-quality scanning. But do things that you love. But the Indians have been ________ a lot of their own books — about 300,000 now — doing very well. The Chinese did over a million, and the Egyptians are about 30,000.

Solution

  1. india
  2. books
  3. bunch
  4. scanning
  5. bought
  6. learned

Original Text

So the idea of electronic books is starting to come about. But how do you go about doing all this scanning? So we thought, okay, well, let's try out this send books to India thing. And there was a project with, funded by the National Science Foundation — sent a bunch of scanners, and the American libraries were supposed to send books. Well, they didn't. They didn't want to send their books. So we bought 100,000 books and sent them to India. And then we learned why you don't want to send books to India. The lesson we learned out of this is, scan your own books. If you really care about books, you're going to scan them better, especially if they're valuable books. If they're new books and you can just, you know, butcher them, because you could just buy another one, that's not such a big deal in terms of doing high-quality scanning. But do things that you love. But the Indians have been scanning a lot of their own books — about 300,000 now — doing very well. The Chinese did over a million, and the Egyptians are about 30,000.

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