For perhaps the first time in my life, I have invested time in looking at the historical buildings located in my area. Before today, it hadn’t been much of an interest for me. But then, before today, there hadn’t been an easy to read, engaging book about it highlighted on my Facebook feed.
The book – known to some as being “the bible for historic structures” (via lancasteronline.com) – has actually been in existence in print form since 1985. Sadly, the informative collection of summaries of historical architecture is showing significant wear and tear; the binding is falling apart and pages are separating from the rest of the book.
The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, with support from the Steinman Foundation and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, decided to create a digital version of the book with Nxtbook Media. The goal was to not only preserve this significant piece, but also to make it easier to access.
Now, anyone can access the information from the comfort of their own computers, as opposed to needing to drive to the library to view the physical copy of the book. (Click here to view it.) Readers can also use the search function to find areas of interest, such as a hometown, or to find instances of a particular building style. Navigation with live links, clickable table of contents, and the search function makes it easy for readers like myself connect with content of interest.
As a bonus, the trust uses a gateway page asking for readers’ name and email to track who is accessing the book, opening the potential to reaching new audiences.
Click here to be taken to the digital version of the book, and if you’re local, have fun with what you find out!
April 9th, 2014 by Joy Beachy