Meet The Guy Attempting To Collect Every Book Ever Published Before They're All Digitized

brewster kahleBrewster Kahle, completist

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It’s no secret that print media is struggling. Devices like the Kindle and iPad seem to point to a world without ink on paper as being not only possible, but practical as well.Brewster Kahle, who has previously found success with a number of Internet technologies like the Internet Archive, is attempting to collect every book ever published in an effort to preserve them for the future.

“The idea is to be able to collect one copy of every book ever published. We’re not going to get there, but that’s our goal,” he told the Associated Press.

He wants to store them in order to preserve them from a future where digital content has made physical printed materials worthless. To be clear, he is very much in favour of digitization, but simply feels that digitization does not render the physical object obsolete.

He’s off to an admirable start — his warehouse currently holds 500,000 books.

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