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Double Fold

Nicholson Baker


PUBLISHED: 7th March 2002
ISBN: 9780099429036
ANNOTATION:
Since the 1950s, some of the world's greatest libraries have dismantled much of their collections of original bound newspapers and books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. In this book the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage is examined.
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PUBLISHED: 7th March 2002
ISBN: 9780099429036
ANNOTATION:
Since the 1950s, some of the world's greatest libraries have dismantled much of their collections of original bound newspapers and books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. In this book the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage is examined.

Annotation

Since the 1950s, some of the world's greatest libraries have dismantled much of their collections of original bound newspapers and books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. In this book the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage is examined.

Publisher Description

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 passionately argued book, the acclaimed author Nicholson Baker reveals the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage. The libraries argue that paper is too fragile to be stored in their archives, and point to the so-called brittle paper crisis; Baker shows us that paper can be stored for years without deterioration, and that libraries are under budgetary pressure to save space. The players include the British Library, the Library of Congress, the CIA, NASA, microfilm lobbyists, newspaper dealers and a colourful array of librarians and digital futurists, as well as Baker himself - who eventually discovers that the only way to save one important newspaper archive being disposed of by the British Library is to buy it.

Author Biography

Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He lives in South Berwick, Maine, with his wife and two children.

Product Details

Year
2002
ISBN-10
0099429039
ISBN-13
9780099429036
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2002-03-07
Subtitle
Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
colour illustrations, colour facsimiles
Media
Book
Author
Nicholson Baker
Short Title
DOUBLE FOLD
Language
English
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Pages
384