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Good ol' American Book Burning :dem: - October 12th 2011, 12:20 AM

http://www.cracked.com/article_19453...n-history.html

Yes...it's a Cracked article But hear me out.

Basically, Libraries around the world are burning and pulping books. They list several reasons why this is needed, but Book Lovers all over the world are still outraged about this.

What do you think? Should we burn these books? Or should we make an attempt to save them? Why or Why not?


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Re: Good ol' American Book Burning :dem: - October 12th 2011, 12:43 AM

I work at a library, and we do this a lot with outdated informational books, especially computing, educational, and medical books that are no longer relevant. There's no market for them, so we usually send them off to be disposed of.

Nothing else we can do really. We're the last link in the chain before the dump.


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Re: Good ol' American Book Burning :dem: - October 13th 2011, 03:18 AM

I'm curious, for the books that can be valuable, such as books several hundred years old, why not just scan them so them can be accessed electronically? Granted, there won't be the pleasure of flipping through the pages but at least the content is preserved. This could even be done for unpopular books. The library could always charge a fee for electronic access or just make it free. I know that takes time because the whole book has to be scanned in but it's the best of both worlds: clear out the shelves of unpopular books while maintaining electronic access for anyone who may want it.


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