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A New Digital Library of Alexandria: Mark II June 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
A New Digital Library of Alexandria: Mark II

When Beach was a strapping young man he had heart-felt, thought-out views on everything from abortion to zoophilia. By now in very advanced middle age there are only a couple of things that really get him going: and one of these is the digitalisation of humanity’s books; the possibility, in short, of making all knowledge […]

The Decline of the Public Domain January 30, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
The Decline of the Public Domain

Beachcombing, like many aging ideologues, can no longer bring himself to care about things that used to give his teenage self heartburn. But, there are a few exceptions – identity cards, Brussels delenda est, reptile road-crossing tunnels… – that buzz him into life. Not least among these and particularly associated in his mind with this […]

E Publishing Opportunism October 29, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
E Publishing Opportunism

Beach has noted before in this place the extraordinary world of digital books which has opened up in the last few years. He has argued fiercely (though it is certainly a lost battle) that Google are villains and that www.archive.org should be showered with Nobel peace prizes and chocolate Easter eggs. However, only recently a […]

Google Burns the Library at Alexandria May 28, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
Google Burns the Library at Alexandria

Imagine a visit to the universal library: a building in which all books, manuscripts, scrolls, rolls and tablets from all civilisations and all ages have been placed next to each other on shelves running for tens and tens of miles. When Borges and others wrote about this fabulous place in generations past theirs was only […]