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I saw some amazing books in the special collections area of the Syracuse University Library yesterday. It made me wonder about the future of books. I’m not one of the crowd that declares that books will be extinct, but there’s no denying that bookmaking as a craft has dwindling. What does it mean for the future of books when the majority of books are made for mass market out of cheap materials that fall apart. How will these books be preserved? Who will want to preserve them?

And then there’s the digital collections to consider. Will they last like paper lasts? Digital collections may not necessarily be more durable than a book, the world has had the technology for a short span of time. What’s 30 years compared to the lifespan of a book from the 1400’s?

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