Information about 500 Miles to Go, its author Al Bloemker, and the site 500 Miles to Go.
About the Author
Albert W. Bloemker (1906—1996) was involved in more than 50 Indianapolis 500-mile races during his lifetime. He began covering the race for the Indianapolis Star while still a student at Butler University in the 1920's, and eventually became the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Director of Public Relations when the track reopened following WWII. 500 Miles to Go was written for the 50th anniversary of the Speedway, and Bloemker also edited Wilbur Shaw's Gentlemen Start Your Engines, published in 1955.
The first edition of 500 Miles to Go (upon which this site is based) was originally published in 1961. The book entered the public domain in 1989 when its copyright was not renewed (books published from 1924 to 1964 were granted copyright for an initial period of 28 years which had to be renewed in the 28th year).
A second edition of 500 Miles to Go was published in 1966, and any new material not included in the first edition remains protected by copyright.
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The digital edition and this website are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License which means that you are free to use, copy, modify, and distribute the work for non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given and your modified work is shared with the same license.
About the Digitization Process
The digital edition of 500 Miles to Go was created by first scanning the book on a Plustek OpticBook 3600 book scanner. Then, the scanned page images were converted to text using OmniPage Professional.
Many hours were needed to complete the editing process—finding and fixing odd line breaks, italicized text, em dashes, and relocating footnotes.
Once the text version was complete, it was converted to XHTML which was then used to create the eBook versions (Sigil was used to create the EPUB version and MobiPocket Creator was used to create the MOBI version). The MOBI version was then optimized for the Amazon Kindle via manual coding and Amazon's KindleGen tool.
500 Miles to Go is built on WordPress and the Genesis Theme Framework.
About the Digital Publisher
The digital edition of 500 Miles to Go and the site 500 Miles to Go are published by Paul Woods of Flying Pylon Web Solutions (paul [at] flyingpylon.com). Past projects include indycarbuzz.com and indianaracing.net.