Tucked away in a small warehouse on a dead-end street in Richmond, Calif., an internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an endangered species: the printed word. Brewster Kahle, 50, founded the nonprofit Internet Archive in 1996 to save a copy of every web page ever posted. Now the MIT-trained computer scientist and entrepreneur is expanding his effort to safeguard and share knowledge by trying to preserve a physical copy of every book ever published. "There is always going to be a role for books," said Kahle as he perched on the edge of a shipping container. Each container can hold about 40,000 volumes, the size of a branch library. Every book wanted by internet pioneer
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Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all. You don't have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they have to offer. From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you. Digital Libraries Capturing images of manuscripts, art, and artifacts, digital libraries are an excellent way of both preserving the past and sharing it with everyone.
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Decline of Library of Alexandria by Ellen BrundigeDecember 10, 1991 Table of Contents "And concerning the number of books, the establishment of libraries, and the collection in the Hall of the the Muses, why need I even speak, since they are all in men's memories?"-- Athenaeus of Alexandria Introduction The Library of Alexandria, in reality two or more libraries in the ancient Egyptian capitol, has achieved an almost mythic stature in the study of classics from the time of the Renaissance.
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Listen LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain . There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer: Read Would you like to record chapters of books in the public domain?
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Rare Book School: Links Many websites provide links to various organizations and other venues concerned with rare books and the history of books and printing. The best-organized and most comprehensive list, maintained by Peter VerHeyen, is to be found on the Book Arts Web, under Book Arts Links. The short sections presented below make no attempt to compete with VerHeyen's excellent set of links; they may, however, be useful as signposts pointing in various basic bibliographical directions.
Graphically illustrating the evolution of Vintage American Paperbacks - 1939 through 1959 (and beyond) BookScans is a free online reference site listing tens of thousands of .jpg images, arranged numerically, by publisher, displaying how cover images and graphics changed during the early years of paperbacks. Click "Go to the Scans" to see the Database Index Page for easy navigation to the various sections. Trying to find a particular vintage paperback? BookScans