Oslo – It’s been known for years now that the future means everything will be digital. For Norway, however, not only will all their books be digital, but they’ll be available for free as well.

According to i09, there is a Norway law that says all of the country’s books must be digitized.

The Verge said that it’s a process, performed by the country’s National Library, that has been going on since 2006. The library has equipment that scans the book, provides “text structure analysis,” and also adding metadata along with a system so everything can accessed easily. Other countries taking this route include the UK and Finland.

Another perk is that due to agreements with publishers the entire digital library will available to anyone with a Norwegian IP address, for free, according to i09. Any books that aren’t under copyright, according to The Atlantic, will be available for download.

The actual law, according to The Atlantic, says “all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway.”

The Verge reported that with all of the literature the National Library has, some dating back to the Middle Ages, it will take 20 to 30 years for it to all be converted. According to The Huffington Post, the library had already converted 350,000 newspapers, 235,000 books, 240,000 pages of handwritten manuscripts, and many other forms of media.

source: digitaljournal