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Libraries turn the page

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Technology isn’t killing libraries, it’s saving them.

This is our world: books on our phones or e-readers; some, like the one in the picture below, are even free.

 

A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” as seen on the Apple iPhone’s “iBooks” app

Now, libraries aren’t altogether closing the book on their business model. But they’re working with, rather than against, technology.

Just this week, one of the public libraries where I live rolled out a new program allowing anyone with a library card to download audiobooks and e-books.

In a time when we want (expect?) information and entertainment content to be free, the combination of the old check-out model with the new download mentality makes sense.