Our habits in reading books are changing very rapidly due to technological development.
We’ve started reading paper books less, almost stopped going to the libraries and some of us even replaced books with visual digital materials. Books keep the knowledge and wisdom of many generations of people all over the world.
Thus, the tendency to read less takes away the opportunity to learn more. Luckily, in recent years more and more web resources are creating digital libraries that contain numerous books on various topics.
How to Get Information in this Internet Age
As today most people get needed information online, organizations build digital library collections that provide a new generation of learners with thousands of books.
Especially students use online resources very actively in order to find helpful information on any subject or get assistance with the study.
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Most of us would like to have a look at the modern-day Library of Alexandria, a digital resource that contains the published works of humankind. And fortunately, with the help of modern technologies, there are all the possibilities to create it. In 2020 we have highly developed technologies that help to transform a traditional library system and enable us to have long-term access to knowledge
Modern Digitization of Ebooks
Nowadays, three major companies are digitizing reading materials: Amazon, Google, and the Internet Archive.
The main goal of Google in digitizing books is to make user’s search more effective, while Amazon aimed at helping its customers browse books before making a purchase.
The Internet Archive has already digitized over 2.5 million public domain books and then made these materials fully downloadable. Moreover, they used a special system on the Open Library site and made about 500,000 books available for the blind and dyslexic.
The Internet Archive works on developing ‘super scanning centers’ to digitize millions of books per year and save a significant amount of money.
The first super scanning center funded by the Internet Archive was opened in Asia. It is supposed to scan books for about 30% of the normal library rates.
Influence of Internet Archive
This way the Internet Archive will be able to offer its partners to save 60-70% of costs spent on digitization. Thus, technologies make digitizing old books much affordable.
With the help of highly innovative technologies, big university libraries will be able to digitize nearly 500,000 books that will also allow them to have new powerful options in collection management.
Recently, the Internet Archive created a book-scanning system that involves duplication detection and catalog lookup. These functions make the digitization process even easier as they allow us to move through collections and discover the materials that haven’t been digitized yet.
Digitization and its Effect
Digital tools are commonly used to preserve old texts or manuscripts.
This way, originals can be both stored and cleaned up. Digitizing helps to save old books even if they are too delicate.
However, if they need to be restored, it will take some more effort than just scanning pages into a computer. Besides, digital copies allow more people to have access to old texts than if they existed only as physical manuscripts.
Digitizing books with the help of modern technology aids to protect valuable information. If a rare book is damaged, digitizing its content helps to save the information forever.
Moreover, it can save an old book itself. It’s a well-known fact, that the oils in our skin can ruin fragile books. So once the content is digitized, the book can be kept in an archive so nobody will damage it by touching.
Modern technologies are making information more accessible.
Influence of New Tools in Old books and Manuscripts
It means that content from rare books that are kept in museums and universities can be spread among a large number of readers.
The digitization of old books makes a lot of valuable information available for anyone.
So scientists, students, professors, and other readers can access knowledge at any time just by turning on their device. Moreover, this makes it much easier to share the information through cloud storage or an email.
To digitalize old books, you need to find a good service first. It must have the right equipment and professionals who can care for old materials correctly, so the scanning process will be non-destructive. To do that, research all possible options on your local market and choose the most trustworthy one.
To sum up, modern technologies allow us to create a great library of rare books that contains a lot of helpful information accessible for any user.
Digitization is about both providing easy access to worthy content as well as protecting ancient books.
James Collins is a historian and digital nomad. His main hobby is to collect old editions of rare books and share them via the Internet. James believes that giving free access to information contributes to high-quality education and helps people gain new knowledge.