Text treasure hunters hope to save books from extinction

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 08:19

The Edmonton Sun takes a look at Greg Newby, Mark Akrigg and a worldwide society of text treasure hunters, led by Michael Hart, couldn't live with themselves if that happened. But their work of helping to save important and orphaned public domain titles — a life's chore in the case of Hart — could speak volumes about not only our past, but how we may digest the words of the future.

Think of Newby, Akrigg and Hart as a breed of literary Indiana Jones — searching along forgotten bookshelves, instead of dark, damp tombs. The thinking man's library raiders — with computers instead of wooden crates to store their prized finds.