First, he backed up every bit of internet data…anywhere, ever. Then, he decided the world needed to save a copy of every book (the old-fashioned kind). Brewster Kahle is a 21st century Ptolemy:
” ‘We want to collect one copy of every book,’ said Brewster Kahle, who has spent $3 million to buy and operate this repository situated just north of San Francisco. ‘You can never tell what is going to paint the portrait of a culture.’
As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, this latter-day Noah is looking the other way. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur who made his fortune selling a data-mining company to Amazon.com in 1999, Mr. Kahle founded and runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving Web pages — 150 billion so far — and making texts more widely available.
But even though he started his archiving in the digital realm, he now wants to save physical texts, too.”
Here’s the link to the full NY Times article.
I love the Herculean quality to Kahle’s undertaking. Okay, here’s the question: what books (up to 10 titles) would you want with you on a desert island…or preserved for generations to come?