Google's Mexico Books Bonanza

Since we launched our partnership with the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, we have been working hard to make their unique Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection accessible to readers online. The collection is one of the largest Latin American collections in the world, and is renowned for the scope and breadth of its materials covering Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean island nations, South America, and the Latino presence in the United States.

Today, we are proud to announce the completion of our digitization project with the University of Texas Libraries and the inclusion of over 500,000 unique volumes into the Google Books index.

Books from this collection range from the 18th century to newly-published materials, and represent over 50 languages. While the highest concentration of these texts are in Spanish and Portuguese, there are also books written in many indigenous languages of Central and South America. Whether you’re interested in the political journal mentioned in Jorge Luis Borges’s Funes el memorioso (Funes the Memorious), a memoir from an American veteran of the Mexican-American war, or even details on the archaeological remains from Lake Chapala, Mexico, you and other readers around the world now have access to a wealth of information from this exceptional collection.

“We’ve long wanted to share these treasures of Latin America with the world, and Google has helped us to do just that.” — Dennis Dillon, University of Texas

We invite you to explore this collection along with millions of other books on books.google.com.

I’m a great fan of old travel books on Mexico. Anything out-of-print, outdated, odd, or unfairly overlooked really excites me. This morning I stumbled across a February announcement from Google Books that jolted me right out of my chair — free digitized book downloads from the Nettie Lee Benson library! I immediately ripped Lorena’s iPad out of her hands and began downloading one fantastic title after another, most from the mid-19th century, books that I’d love to own but can’t possibly afford to buy as hard copy collector’s items. Check it out and please… if you find a special gem I may have overlooked, would you let me know?

saludos, Carl