The future of books resides in their past

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 15:35

A commentary in The LA Times Says Google can digitize all books, but it can't replace the physical connection we get from a 14th century tome.

Thus, reports of the book's imminent demise are, say those who toil among great stacks of them, greatly exaggerated. What is changing, admit Nadler and Alice Schreyer, director of the university's special collections research center, is the reference function of libraries. Indisputably, the service aspect of the printed word -- dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, technical manuals -- has gone online.