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Recently I had a discussion about the public libraries and are they really necessary to the society. Some of the people despises the paper and the books, unless its e-book. I guess the time has created technology to improve and ensure that same thing are continuing only in digital terms.
There is nothing wrong with technology progress, but occasionally you need to stop and look at the history. Public libraries are created for communities welfare and as an institution it is well established, overrun by technology or not. Do the e-books make a change probably in the sense of urban modern people or the ones following trends. (at least in my surroundings)
The book is a book digital or paper, its a matter of preference.
I am just wondering if the libraries and other institutions survive the digital?
There not only surviving, but thriving - the number of visitors at libraries is sky high all across the USA.
The threat to public libraries is not digital - it's government budget cuts and the anti-tax fervor sweeping the country.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
Physical books don't become obsolete. I can still read a book that is 100 years old, and some books that were written back in the early 1900s are worth reading, especially the history books What was worth paying attention to has changed over the years. It's almost like traveling - reading old books, especially non-fiction non-technical books, opens us up to a whole new world.
I doubt the e-books being offered by our public library will be readable in 20 years, much less 100 years.
These books all require proprietary software, and I suspect our public library applications are also spyware. I won't install it on my computer, and therefore none of the e-books are available to me. As the over-surveillance proliferates, no telling what the software we are installing on our computer and phones is doing. It is completely non-transparent, no disclosure at all.
Also within a month of putting out their first Kindle book, Amazon went out to everyone's Kindle, and deleted a book. You can read about it in the New York Times article:https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18amazon.html
I suspect that was Amazon's way of telling those with eyes to see and brains to think to be aware of a significant draw-back to digital books. The central character in 1984, Winston, had a job that was to go out and rewrite history. They can do that when all materail is digital, and all devices are connected to the central servers.
None of this has to do with the main problem of the technology itself, hard to read in certain lights, requiring charged batteries, monthly subscriptions, and lack of tactile feedback.
Libraries may or may not survive digital - that is a political decision and we know how politics is going these days, but it would be very foolish to forgo hard copies of important books. This is not say that e-books have no value, I appreciate that, it's just to say that we need both.
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