Are we ready for book-free libraries?
Book-free libraries? The Los Angeles Times published an article earlier this month about America’s first all-digital bookless public library which has opened in San Antonio:
The article goes on to clarify that while this isn’t actually the first all-digital library, the Tuscan-Pima public library in Arizona opened a book-free branch in 2002, this didn’t stay book-free for long – books were brought back after complaints from the public!
So the question is – are we ready to give up print books altogether?
Personally, while I have no problem reading on my kindle or ipad, there is one thing that I miss – seeing the book cover every time I pick up the book!
I love book covers and am not afraid to admit I judge a book by its cover… those with boring covers tend to gather dust at the bottom of the pile of to-read books.
Our school library was one of the first in South Africa to introduce an e-Library, but this runs alongside our traditional print library and adds value by being available to students anytime & anywhere, thus allowing them to exchange books outside school hours, even while on holiday at the beach.