Some of the world's oldest books went online on Tuesday, as the World Digital Library debuted its collection of rare and unique works from around the world. The collection, which includes pre-Gutenberg block prints, hand-illuminated manuscripts, Chinese oracle bones and hundreds of other works, is modeled on a Library of Congress project that collects American texts. "You have to go back to books," says U.S. Librarian of Congress James Billington "These are primary documents of a culture."

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