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> Fire is not something new for historical monuments.

I worry about the great libraries being consumed by fire. I do not understand why there isn't a larger effort to digitize them.

Isn’t part of the problem here copyright, so Congress would need to make it legal? I thought that’s what killed the Google Books effort anyways.

That said, I thought the Internet Archive is still engaged in an ambitious project to scan many books (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_scanning).

Things like the Vatican Library, which are full of old manuscripts that are centuries out of copyright and nobody even really knows what's all there.

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