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Carnicom Institute is very pleased to announce a collaboration and
association with Foliophiles Publishing, LLC., Alfred W. Stites,
President, Santa Fe, NM. The project is entitled History of the
Written Word. Mr. Stites is working with the cooperation of the
Indiana University Lilly Rare Book Library.
This project will be a unique collection of the most important
writings since a mark on clay ca. 3400 B.C. to the present century.
Such an undertaking has never before been attempted in presenting
both a facsimile and explanatory text , and it cannot be duplicated.
There are two simple reasons for such an undertaking: books as we
know them are disappearing because most of the volumes in the
640,000 libraries throughout the world were printed on acidic
wood-pulp paper since ca. 1840, as most were, will have
disintegrated within a few hundred more years.
The second reason is technical: Within this century, and most
librarians say within the next decade or two, all books will be
printed digitally to be read on a hand-held appliance that can store
thousands of books. It really is probable that within a few decades
libraries will become "computer reading stations" Most major
libraries throughout the world are digitizing their entire collection.
The first library without books, Biblio Tech, opened a few months
ago in San Antonio, TX.
The result: There will be no other place any can go and see how
communication developed-a picture of an Egyptian Demotic writing,
a Gutenberg page, the first page of Newton's theories that changed
our thinking, and illustrations of 181 books, the originals - that
throughout the ages created our communication and developed our
civilization in the fields of education, physics, medicine, religion,
literature, psychology, and others. The Collection will first be offered
to university and major public libraries throughout the English-
speaking world. It will be printed on acid-free paper to last 500
years, and includes 18 major languages, with pictorial images from
papyrus hieroglyphs, and illustrations, early woodcuts, and on and
on to the present. There is now no other single library or group of
libraries that have examples that are in this collection of 181
influential examples of the development of communication.
We are pleased that this project will eventually provide even small
rural public school libraries with this Collection, as part of our
charitable program.
Carnicom Institute anticipates collaboration with numerous
projects and endeavors in the future that support humanitarian
and educational causes. Carnicom Institute is proud to announce
the initiation of these efforts with Alfred Stites as a consultant to
the Institute.