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ISBN: 0099429039 / ISBN-13: 9780099429036

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

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    by Nicholson Baker

    Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

    Mass-market paperback, Vintage
    2002
    English
    372 pages

    ISBN: 0099429039
    ISBN-13: 9780099429036

    Since the 1950s, some of the world's greatest libraries have, as a matter of common practice, dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers and books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. The originals, often irreplaceable, are cut up to be sold as birthday gifts or are pulped. In this book the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage is examined. The libraries argue that paper is too fragile to be stored in their archives, and point to the so-called brittle paper crisis. The author argues ... Show more

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MaryL

dangers of digitalization

by MaryL on Aug 9, 2007

This fascinatingly detailed study of the failure of some of our most trusted archives to preserve significant historical documents, newspapers, is worth reading for anyone who believes that knowledge of the past informs the present and future. The writer explores the personalities , politics, and funding behind some of the decisions to destroy old books and periodical literature while presenting a manufactured "crisis" requiring that this be done in order to "preserve" them. He carefully explains the processes and the unsatisfactory results - i.e digitized records are dependent on changing technologies and are more unstable than the somewhat fragile paper originals they are intended to replace. The book is short and readable, makes no pretense to be anything other than opinionated, but backs up opinions with research, interviews, and facts.

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