Monday, November 19, 2007

The future of libraries...

Amazon's new Kindle, the Sony Reader, and the Epson Seiko e-reader. I can just see it now, people coming in to the library asking for book downloads onto their electronic reader devices. People say "It'll never happen. Nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands." To them I say: "Have you seen today's youth? What are they more apt to be holding - a book? Or an electronic device of some kind?"

What do you think? :)


  • I tried out a Sony reader about a year ago and I have to say I was impressed. It was easy on the eyes and easier to move around than a book shelf. However, if I did own one of these devices, I probably wouldn't use it for much book reading mostly because accidently destroying or losing a library book would still be a lot less expensive than destroying an electronic device. When I think about how much paper I've wasted printing out (or damaged my eyes staring at a computer screen)to read journal articles though, that's when I see the real potential for these electronic devices. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that most people who are reading books on these things aren't avid library users to begin with and are buying most of the books they read for some reason. But if we find out that our patrons are using them, than we better find away for our patrons to "check out" digital books soon.

    By Blogger BrianG, At Tuesday, November 20, 2007  

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