In the actual press release, Martin Halbert, director for digital programs and systems at Emory's Woodruff Library, stated:
We believe that mass digitization and print-on-demand publishing is an important new model for digital scholarship that is going to revolutionize the management of academic materials...Information will no longer be lost in the mists of time when books go out of print. This is a way of opening up the past to the future.Emory will be using equipment from Kirtas for this project.
Speaking of Kirtas, blog.mignault.net has a post about the book digitization efforts at his place of work (or as he says "MPOW" or my place of work). He says publicly what many say privately -- the high cost machines are nice, but not for everyone. And some machines aren't for all types of bound materials. For example, he describes the BookDrive by Atiz as a "fully enclosed unit (reminded me of a toaster oven) that turns the pages of the book via an arm with a mild adhesive on it." That's not something you'd use on a priceless book.
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