An underrated feature of physical books is how through used bookstores, estate sales, etc., they flirt with being a form of temporally resilient communal resource.

I have a couple books that are in their fifth century of life. They are not expensive or rare, just sets of words that have had 400+ years of people using them, kept in good shape and passed from caretaker to caretaker ("owner" isn't the right word in this case. I am caretaking for it. We are all librarians)

On this subject, lately I've become obsessed with personal libraries and archives, both physical and digital. I don't have a grand thesis yet, but there's something to the role an individual's practice of collecting and curating can lead to a distributed system of stored knowledge, particularly in arenas traditional institutions miss, but even just as a caretaking mentality, library as practice

@mncmncmnc oh,that's a nice thought/thinking! and i'd say ya're right on the caretaking/caretaker mentality and library as practice, i noticed it's the kinda thing i do automatically (both as a reader/lover of books/knowledges but also because i did bookbinding, so i know modern paper is like gonna last a century and a half top whereas old papers lasted multiple centuries, and will probably last some more with the right care...)

@Milouchkna aw that's so cool you did bookbinding! It's one of my dreams to finally have time to take some bookbinding classes. And I'll keep dreaming of a return to long fibers

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@mncmncmnc eh, only did an apprenticeship but yeah! it was pretty cool! even did some gilding!
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