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Category: Industrial
Size: The size of a textbook
Weight: 5 pounds
Value: Rare

Apparently before the disease spread through the world, textbooks were considered overpriced, and somewhat useless due to widespread use of their internet. Post apocalyptic textbooks that survived are highly sought after volumes of pre-disease information that help further science back to where it was. The textbooks that survived the apocalypse have all been slowly collecting in one location, so that anyone seeking information could go and look it up. Because information can't be looked up as quickly on the internet anymore, it has to be found in textbooks. Some books have knowledge that hasn't yet been relearned, because the population has not opened the book to find it. This wealth of information available to the population is very valuable, and helped both build the society back to where it is now, and further improve the quality of life for those who have the time to sit down and read the long texts.
Unfortunately the textbook industry is no longer what it once was, and finding and possibly restoring these old textbooks is a very undervalued job in the world, especially in smaller, less scientific places like Columbus. Finding the textbooks is difficult, because students stopped buying so many at the turn of the 21st century, and fewer textbooks exist in the world because of that. A lot have already been found from the obvious places (Universities, Libraries) but mostly the more common ones. A lot of them still need to be restored, so that the information can be more easily recovered, which is not an easy task. Printing presses are hard to come buy, so much of the recovery is done by hand. Because the knowledge inside isn't easily found elsewhere, piecing it back together takes a very smart person, or a similar textbook, and can be slow going. The best way to gain experience doing it is finding textbooks that others would like to be able to read, and have them support you while you restore it for them. Textbooks about hydroelectric power, fluid mechanics, and generators in Columbus are the most useful, given the reliance on the nearby river. Textbooks about microelectronic engineering are less exciting, the tools to use them don't exist around the town.