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ISBN: 0375504443 / ISBN-13: 9780375504440

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

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  • Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (Random House (NY)) – Hardcover (2001)
    by Nicholson Baker

    Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

    Hardcover, Random House (NY)
    2001
    English
    384 pages

    ISBN: 0375504443
    ISBN-13: 9780375504440

    A bestselling novelist presents an expos of 20th century library policies that have resulted in the destruction of large parts of the printed past, explaining that the country's greatest libraries have dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers and books and replaced them with microfilmed copies. color photo insert.

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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This fascinatingly detailed study of the failure of some of our most trusted archives to preserve significant historical documents, newspapers, is worth reading for anyone who believes that knowledge of the past informs the present and future.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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