There are tons of things to miss about traditional books but modernisation is taking over in the 21st century. Most libraries and archives around the world are getting tasked with digitizing old books in their collections to preserve them and make them more accessible to the public. It is not a big deal to scan standard size books but what about those huge over-sized books like vital records, deeds, maps, which are often published on larger-than-normal pages. Digitizing those books can be a challenge although several companies have already done a great job at digitization.
However, how do you digitize a book that is nearly six feet by seven and a half feet when open? It is so big that it even has wheels fixed onto it to make it easier to move around!
The British Library has faced the problem and has digitized the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s biggest books.
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The massive collection of 41 maps was made as a gift to King Charles II by Johannes Klencke, a Dutch sugar merchant who hoped to land favorable trading deals with the British Empire. Charles II was a map lover and kept the atlas in his cabinet of curiosities. And Klencke was knighted. The book stayed in the royal collections until 1828, when King George IV gifted it to the British Library with other maps and atlases.
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