Alumnus Seeks Copy of Every Book Ever Published

by Amy Marcott on August 16, 2011 · 18 comments

in Alumni Life

Brewster Kahle ’82. Credit: www.archive.org

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.

Alumni, what do you think of Kahle’s project? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Want to learn more? Check out Kahle’s blog.

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Phuree Smittinet August 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

I think it is a great idea. What could come next for the project is after most of the book has been stored, we could create a very comprehensive history book about any subject and design history and literature courses that utilize those knowledge we have accummulated through thousand of years of our recorded history since we, as human, are limited by time and our ability to learn, by developing systematic way of learning from our past, we can best achieve higher human potential and, thus, it will enable us to make superior decision and don’t repeat our past mistake.

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Reayrah March 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

Like it a lot.I also think it is a great idea. What could come next for the project is after most of the book has been stored, we could also create a very real history book about any subject and design history and literature courses that utilize those knowledge we have accummulated through thousand of years of our recorded history since we are limited by time and our ability to learn, by developing systematic way of learning from our past. alternative medicine

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sulman85 November 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

The Object: Book One will be releasing on Kindle & paperback this month. … Leave a comment ….. so I have access to nearly every book ever published in the US

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James December 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

I think the web archive was the best thing ever invented. I used to go there to see get an idea of what huge sites like amazon used to look like.

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Resim Kursu June 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Really great idea for physical safety of knowledge.

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mla apa format June 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

I really think that this is perfect idea, why although now access the books on digital mode?

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Vanisha Kaur June 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

500,000 books, Really great collection and idea too.

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George Hírek - Hír 24 June 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I’m curious as to what method is the practice of Francis to verify of data entry from some sort of original paper data source. The devil is in the details 🙂

George Hírek

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George Hírek - Hír 24 June 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sorry, not Francis, Kahle!

George

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Heather Glenn November 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Brewster is an all-star in my book. His projects have been amazing. I did not discover archive.org until I had found http://ipaddress.com on it one time.

To save every book would be an amazing event!

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Film Streaming February 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

Thank you

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Billy dean Englebright March 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

This is great a good collection

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Lokal ilanlar March 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I pop on to your blog periodically to see if you’ve posted anything new. I love your work.

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Norvan April 24, 2014 at 2:32 am

I think it is a great idea. It’s something like webarchive, where we could find old versions of many websites, even those which don’t exist any more. So I think it’s a similar idea with books. If a project is alive after many years (copyright expires after 70 years), a lot of books can be published for free :), after the expiration of copyright.

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KK August 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm

This is great; a good collection.

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Jack Killer January 24, 2015 at 3:20 am

That is a mind boggling collection. Soon to cross millions.

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