archiving every book ever published

The ultimate back up? A physical archive of every published book, record and movie.

As everything becomes digital, Internet Archive wants to create the ultimate storage vault that’d rival Alexander The Great’s library. Hopefully it won’t suffer the same fate… his burnt down.

According to Wired:

  • Books are cataloged, and have acid free paper inserts with information about the book and its location,
  • Boxes store approximately 40 books with labeling on the outside,
  • Pallets hold 24 boxes each,
  • Modified 40′ shipping containers are used as secure and individually controllable environments of 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 30% relative humidity,
  • Buildings contain shipping containers and environmental systems,
  • Non-profit organizations own and protect the property and its contents.
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