Embedding Internet Archive Books

Embedding content from sites like Google Maps, YouTube, and Slideshare is a popular way to give your readers direct access to recommended resources rather than just providing them with a link to follow. Now we can provide that kind of direct access to books from the Internet Archive, a site which has an amazing collection of public domain books on nearly any topic, scanned from participating library partners and other sources.

See the example below, the 1880 Visitors’ Guide to Salem. Readers can use the up and down arrows on the right to flip through the pages, click on the plus and minus signs to zoom in or out, click on the title to go to the book in the Internet Archive for more information and download options, or click on the Internet Archive logo to go to the main page of the Internet Archive site.

Embedding the book in your page is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. From the book’s page on the Internet Archive site, click on the link to Read Online.

2. Click on the Share icon on the top of the page. It looks like this: Internet Archive Share.

3. A box will pop-up with the code you need to copy and paste into your page.

Universal Newsreels at the Internet Archive

From 1929 to 1967, Universal City Studios produced newsreels twice a week to be shown at movie theatres before the feature film. Each newsreel was a collection of six or seven short segments, usually just a minute or two in length, covering news, sports, the arts, fashion and more. The whole Universal Newsreel collection was given to the National Archive and placed in the public domain in 1976, and the National Archives is working with CreateSpace, an Amazon subsidiary, to digitize these and other public domain movies and make them available on DVD.

But around 600 of these newsreel clips are available now on the Internet Archive. Some of these have also made their way to YouTube, but the Internet Archive site has better cataloging, higher quality and more file formats. There’s some really amazing stuff here, especially from the Depression and World War II era.

This whole collection could be really interesting for students and others studying the history of the twentieth century, and since it’s all in the public domain, you can do whatever you want with them.

Universal Newsreels — This is the collection page on the Internet Archive website


  • Satchmo Swings in Congo — Louis Armstrong arrives in the Congo on his historic Africa tour, October, 1960.
  • FDR Urges National Unity — “”Hyde Park, NY: President Roosevelt, in a vigorous speech on the eve of elections, warns the nation that in these troubled times, democracy must be a positive force in order to maintain liberty against military aggression abroad.”
  • Wakefield, Mass. — “Support Our Men in Vietnam” rally organized by a high school student draws a crowd of 25,000