Brewster Kahle ’82, who in 1996 founded the nonprofit Internet Archive to save a copy of every webpage ever posted, has a new mission: Save a physical copy of every book ever published.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Kahle said:
The dedicated idea is to have the physical safety for these physical materials for the long haul and then have the digital versions accessible to the world… Knowledge lives in lots of different forms over time. First it was in people’s memories, then it was in manuscripts, then printed books, then microfilm, CD-ROMS, now on the digital Internet. Each one of these generations is very important.
Kahle is reportedly storing the books in climate-controlled storage units in California, where he currently has some 500,000 books–en route to a goal of roughly 10 million. The books won’t be loaned out, but if discrepancies ever arise about an ebook’s faithfulness to the original printed edition, a stored copy may be retrieved and consulted.
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Want to learn more? Check out Kahle’s blog.