From BBC News:
The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications – all of it searchable. Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files. The resource is aimed at serious scholars, but can be used by anyone with an interest in Darwin and his theory on the evolution of life.
“The idea is to make these important works as accessible as possible; some people can only get at Darwin that way,” said Dr John van Wyhe, the project’s director. Dr van Wyhe has spent the past four years searching the globe for copies of Darwin’s own materials, and works written about the naturalist and his breakthrough ideas on natural selection. The historian said he was inspired to build the library at darwin-online.org.uk when his own efforts to study Darwin while at university in Asia were frustrated.