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"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
- Frederik Pohl

Librareome Project  
  Blasting libraries into bits to create a library of perfect digitized electronic books.  

Destroying libraries in order to save them? Read the entry on the Navicloud custom debinder to see what happens to the books.

"Apparently, the Libreareome Project is someone's idea for photographing and then digitizing the Library. But -" suddenly he was remembering things from his last years at Stanford "- didn't Google already do that?"

"That's true... Past digitizations have not been as global or as unified as this one will be. And Huertas has lawyers and software that will allow him to render microroyalty payments across all the old copyright regimes - without any new permissions."

"...But let me tell you... shredding destroys the books. That is the bottom line. We will be left with a useless jumble."

"Oh, no... The pictures coming from the camera tunnel are analyzed and reformatted. It's a simple matter of software to reorient the images, match the tear marks and reconstruct the original texts in proper order... Potentially, the error rate can be less than a few words per million volumes, far better than even hard copy republishing with manual copyediting.

From Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge.
Published by Tor in 2006
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