The State Library of NSW is calling on all book-lovers to nominate books that are in copyright, but out-of-print that they think are of cultural importance.
These books can include local histories or memoirs, beloved children's titles - or even winners of the library's most glittering prizes.
The nominations will be submitted to the selection panel for Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project, a collaboration between authors, libraries and researchers to identify Australian lost literary treasures and bring them back to life.
Untapped intends to digitise culturally important out-of-print Australian novels, histories, memoirs, poetry and more. The titles will be licensed into public libraries, via Indyreads in NSW, and promoted so that everyone has an opportunity to rediscover these engaging, enlightening texts.
Most of them will be made for sale as ebooks too.
Each book costs between $600-$700 to digitise, including scanning, proofing, cover design, etc.
If you are in a position to donate the cost of a whole book, you can choose to have that contribution acknowledged publicly at the beginning of the digitised book itself. You could also memorialise a loved one or give a book in honour of someone's special birthday or for Christmas.
If a whole book is too much for your budget, any donation you can afford will be welcomed. For more information, go to Giving to Untapped.
For more books by Australian authors, why not try Indyreads? Click here to access. Just use your library barcode and PIN to sign in.
Not a member of the library yet? Just come in, fill out the simple application form, show some proof of address and you'll be able to access all the library's eResources.
Australian authors on Indyreads include Peter Watt, Tom Keneally, Joy Dettman, Robert G Barrett, as well as the Review of Australian Fiction.