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Comments on Library Removes All Books
It's a radical move, getting rid of all of the books in your school library. Will they be missed? (Read the complete story)

"“When you hear the word ‘library,’ you think of books,’’ Alliy said. “But very few students actually read them. And the more we use e-books, the fewer books we have to carry around.’’ And the more stress you put on your eyes looking at screens all day."
(ToothyGoat 9/9/2009 11:58:49 AM)
"I'm paraphrasing from the same chapter in Rainbow's End here: 'Part of the library experience isn't in finding what you want. It's discovering something you didn't know was there before.' I have absolutely no problem with digitization. I have a problem with the sterilization of libraries en masse. I have a better library reading experience shopping at Barnes & Noble. I enjoy shopping at Amazon.com, but the day that brick & mortar bookstores go belly up, I'll slit my throat."
(Joey1058 9/9/2009 12:17:12 PM)
""But very few students actually read them." i'd have to disagree with that. i still read books. :/"
( 9/9/2009 3:36:20 PM)
"ToothyGoat - you're right. Even the highest resolution screens today lack the contrast of paper. Most usability specialists still agree that overall, people will read less on a screen than they will on paper simply because of fatigue. And Joey1058, beware the day they get rid of bookstores. The commonplace paper book is a highly evolved piece of technology; we have a lot of reasons to like them. Not the least of which is that they are the best means for archival storage of text - and they are very resistant to tampering. See Kindle Orwellian Nightmare Comes True for more."
(Bill Christensen 9/10/2009 11:27:37 AM)

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