In honor of digitizing more than 2 million books, the Internet Archive (previously) employee Eliza Zhang demonstrates the wonderful binding-saving manner in which these books are scanned, one page at a time. Zhang told co-worker Wendy Hanamura that she enjoys this work immensely.
When I asked Eliza what she likes about her job, she replied, “Everything! I find everything interesting. I don’t feel it is boring. Every collection is important to me.”
At the Internet Archive, this is how we digitize a book. We never destroy a book by cutting off its binding. Instead, we digitize it the hard way–one page at a time. We use the Scribe, a machine our engineers invented, along with the software that it runs.