Britain’s public libraries are under increasing pressure from funding cuts and dwindling readership numbers. Books sales are falling, and the publishing industry is having to adapt to new business models and new technologies. The public, too, are adapting, although we are the ones driving the changes with our shifting habits, claims of less free time and increased use of electronic devices.
What better time, then, to celebrate the printed page, and specifically, the kind of printed page that no-one seems to care about any more.
The Book Rehabilitation Scheme aims to show love to the public library system’s least loved books – those that have languished in the stacks, unread for the longest time, perhaps unborrowed for decades.