Double fold: libraries and the assault on paper

Front Cover
Random House, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 370 pages
31 Reviews
Since the 1950s, our country's greatest libraries have, as a matter of common practice, dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers and so-called brittle books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. The marketing of the brittle-paper crisis and the real motives behind it are the subject of this passionately argued book, in which Nicholson Barker pleads the case for saving our recorded heritage in its original form while telling the story of how and why our greatest research libraries betrayed the public trust by auctioning off or pulping irreplaceable collections. The players include the Library of Congress, the CIA, NASA, microfilm lobbyists, newspaper dealers, and a colorful array of librarians and digital futurists, as well as Baker himself who eventually discovers that the only way to save one important newspaper is to buy it.Double Foldis an intense, brilliantly worded narrative that is sure to provoke discussion and controversy.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
6
4 stars
4
3 stars
14
2 stars
2
1 star
5

Review: Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

User Review  - Sandra - Goodreads

Nicholson Baker is a terrific writer and I wanted to like this book, but it is just such a silly rant. You can't preserve everything for chrissake! Get over it. I'm sure the author is a hoarder who ... Read full review

Review: Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper

User Review  - Sarah Reando - Goodreads

What. A. Whackjob. For serious, guys. Read full review

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2001)

Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman ScNicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music

and Haverford College. He is the author of hool of Music

and Haverford College. He is the author of seven novels, including "Vox"

and "The Mezzanine", and thrseven novels, including "Vox"

and "The Mezzanine", and three previous works of nonfiction, including

"Double Fold",ee previous works of nonfiction, including

"Double Fold", which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001. He which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001. He

lives in Maine with his family.

lives in Maine with his family.

Bibliographic information