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Digital technology impact on libraries could be devastating

Opinion-icon-for-website[1]To the Editor:

The digital revolution is defining how the young and old will read and learn in the 21st century. The library of the future is here, today, on the internet. 1 in 4 books sold in 2012 were digital books. eBooks’ share is project to be 40-50 percent of book sales in 2016 when the library is built.  Does it make sense to spend $23 million to build this warehouse for paper books?

-          Libraries are struggling to pay publishers’ high prices for e-book subscriptions, whereas consumers typically pay much less to buy e-books.

-          Students are using their iPads to learn and do research on the internet. Shrewsbury schools are running an iPad pilot program in grades 5-7.

-          The digital revolution does not bode well for libraries, today.

-          Commuters can read the morning news on their iPad or iPhone.

-          eBooks have lots of built-in features, a dictionary and the ability to make notes in a text.

-          You can download thousands of movies from Netflix.

-          46 percent of young children have read at least one animated digital book for kids.

-          In September 2013, a public library in San Antonio, Texas opened with no paper books; the collection is entirely electronic, paperless.

The digital revolution has taken hold and has essentially ended the need for libraries to increase their physical size.

They want you to spend $23 million to build an outdated, oversized library.  I urge you to vote “No.”

 

Brian Austin

Chairman

Committee for a Smaller Library

 

 

 

Short URL: http://www.communityadvocate.com/?p=41741

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