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ISBN: 0375726217 / ISBN-13: 9780375726217

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

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  • Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (Vintage Books) – Trade paperback (2002)
    by Nicholson Baker

    Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

    Trade paperback, Vintage Books
    2002
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    384 pages

    ISBN: 0375726217
    ISBN-13: 9780375726217

    From the bestselling author of "Vox" comes a devastating expose of the strip-mining of American paper history, motivated by an obsession with library shelf-space. With meticulous detective work and explanatory flair, "Double Fold" unfolds a secret history of microfilm lobbyists, former CIA agents, and warehouses where priceless archives are destroyed with a machine called a guillotine.

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This fascinatingly detailed study of the failure of some of our most trusted archives to preserve significant historical documents, newspapers, is worth reading for anyone who believes that knowledge of the past informs the present and future.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