Saturday, July 23, 2011

Internet Archive Starts Backing Up Digital Books on Paper

If you want real long-term backups of digitized ebooks, then look no further than dead tree. At least, that's the consensus of the Internet Archive project, which has announced an incredibly ambitious plan to store one physical copy of every published book in the world.

"Internet Archive is building a physical archive for the long term preservation of one copy of every book, record, and movie they are able to attract or acquire... The goal is to preserve one copy of every published work,".

Kahle cites a number of reasons for wanting to preserve physical copies of works that are being digitized; for instance, a dispute could arise about the fidelity of the digital version, and only access to a copy of the original would resolve it.

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