Issue 14 of the Climate Notebook Newsletter, IPI, presents many important determinants of preservation environment. These summarized are (1) that thermal equilibration is fast and moisture equilibration slow, (2) moisture buffering is (inevitably) multilayered, and (3) the outdoor seasons and their indoor suppressions tyrannize storage conditions. Result of these givens is (1) that thermal shock suppressions are difficult (i.e. from heating or air conditioning failure) and any resulting condensation or desiccation can’t be avoided and is moderated only via collection commodity resilience, (2) moisture shock, on the other hand, is more easily buffered and frequently multiplied by layers of defense, (3) inevitable seasonal drift should be accommodated and not excessively opposed by energy driven indoor compensation (the collections will follow the longer term seasonal drift and have throughout their history).
Another sequence of considerations follows along with the factors described in the IPI Newsletter. This regards preservation monitoring generally and a wider range of preservation data that can be correlated. I suggested this possibility of a wider data “cloud” in the last PADG Mid-winter meeting (Environmental Monitoring Inside-Out). Such streams include data from alkalizing and possible reversion, moisture aspiration of collections, long term baseline performance of buildings, data from item repairs and data from environmental incidents and disasters. These different streams of data have something to tell each other. Such wider interrelation of data streams could converge with the evident movement away from simplistic “straight” line prescription for optimal collection storage conditions.
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“Throughout December, customers purchased well over 1 million Kindle devices per week.” (via TeleRead)
If personal computers enabled word processing, then book reading devices will enable remote and mobile library service. Connectivity advanced functionality of all screen display, but word processing and remote and mobile library service will remain authentic extensions of traditional writing and reading.
That could be the end of the story, but it isn’t. There may still be a wide scope for consequences. Yet to be transacted are intersections, interplay and interdependence of writing and word processing and reading and remote and mobile libraries
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“We are at a very early stage in imagining the future of the book.” David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO of Ingram Content Group, about the future of books and the opportunities for the book industry (via TeleRead)
No trade fluff here; this a a magnificent profile of book production prospects. Ingram is the force behind the curtain for Amazon fulfillment and integration of print and screen book production.