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They want you to spend $23 million to build an outdated, oversized library.?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


Committee for a Smaller Library




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

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