But what if there’s a fire in the building…

From Ars Technica:

If you want real long-term backups of digitized ebooks, then look no further than dead tree. At least, that’s the consensus of the Internet Archive project, which has announced an incredibly ambitious plan to store one physical copy of every published book in the world.

“Internet Archive is building a physical archive for the long term preservation of one copy of every book, record, and movie we are able to attract or acquire… The goal is to preserve one copy of every published work,” writes IA’s Brewster Kahle in a lengthy blog post about the plan.

I’m not convinced that this is better than a strategy which archives multiple copies in a range of distributed locations.

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