Double Fold Libraries and the Assault on Paper

by Nicholson Baker

The Real World

Double Fold Libraries and the Assault on Paper Synopsis

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 that paper can be stored for years and that libraries are under budgetary pressure to save space.

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ISBN: 9780099429036
Publication date: 07/03/2002
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099429036
Publication date: 7th March 2002
Author: Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: The Real World,
Categories: Archiving, preservation & digitisationæ,

About Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker was born in 1957. He is the author of four other novels, a work of non-fiction, U and I, and a collection of essays, The Size of Thoughts. He lives in Maine with his family.

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