By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:32 GMT, 26 March 2020 | Updated: 19:32 GMT, 26 March 2020
The Internet Archive has made access to more than 1.4 million ebooks free for people stuck indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The books will be available through a new portal called the National Emergency Library, something the Internet Archive organizers decided to create to help universities transition to remote instruction.
While many of the books are still under copyright, they're being made available under a theory of fair use, which would allow educators access to protected material for educational purposes at a time when no other reasonable way of accessing the material exists.
More than 1.4 million books will be available to the public in digital format through the National Emergency Library, a new initiative from the Internet Archive to help people living in shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic
'We believe this is an extraordinary moment in time that requires assistance at a scale that we are able to provide,' the Internet Archive explains in an FAQ for the library, reported by Vice.
The books in the new emergency collection originally come from another Internet Archive project, the Open Library, which operated as a digital equivalent of a real life library.
The Open Library had a wide range of titles, including text books, novels,