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DOUBLE FOLD: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

In a passionate cri de coeur sure to raise controversy and alarm, novelist Baker (The Everlasting Story of Nory, 1998, etc.) accuses America's librarians of betraying the public trust as they rush to microfilm and digitize. Since the 1950s, writes Baker, American libraries have been microfilming newspapers and discarding the originals because, they claimed, paper manufactured since 1850 from wood ... Read full review

Review: Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

Editorial Review - - Robert Finn

Nicholson Baker is a man with a mission. His pen is a lance with which he delights in skewering those he considers fools, enemies, or just wellmeaning people with wrongheaded ideas. The wrongheaded idea he battles against in this furiously eloquent book is that microfilm is the salvation of spacestarved libraries. The idea of throwing away old paper originals of books and newspapers appalls Baker ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - lilithcat - LibraryThing

Our libraries are saving space and money by destroying our history. Precious books and newspapers are literally being cut up and tossed out, our only memory of them on deteriorating microfilm. We no ... Read full review

Double fold: libraries and the assault on paper

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Pulling no punches, novelist Baker (Vox) is a romantic, passionate troublemaker who questions the smug assumptions of library professionals and weeps at the potential loss of an extensive, pristine ... Read full review

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