No matter how hard we work and no matter how much money we throw at this problem, there is simply no way to turn all physical media into digital formats.
The myth of the universal library is not only widespread, it's also dangerous. Believing in the myth makes us forget that we need to be working hard right this second to preserve information in multiple formats and to make it available to the public any way that we can. *
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who has a very large collection of nondigital books.