Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's Google Stoopid

In the process of working on the Volume project, I have seen my subjects start to slip away into storage, deep storage, and in recent months, into dumpsters. Despite the prevalence of the Internet, people are often shocked to hear the books are actually being taken from their shelves. As Nicholson Baker told us the way of the bound newspapers in Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper , Nicholas Carr has written a new book I can't wait to read. In the first few paragraphs Atlantic article he sets the stage from his personal experience as a writer, "Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes." The book is called The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google.