Anyhoo, I still buy all of my favourite books in paper format. I prefer real books but I love that if I'm bored and want to buy a book to read instantly then I can just download it straight to my Kindle.
Libraries today are suffering from an identity crisis! They are rooted in the past but are trying to keep up with today's technology. I want the library to stay the way it was in my childhood-- quiet, softly lit, and overflowing with books. I even miss that comforting, slightly musty smell that would greet you when you entered. I get depressed when I go to the library now. Half the space is devoted to computers, the lights are too bright, and people don't even really bother to whisper.
Until I read it, I wondered what the point was, "Will it just be an empty building where we will go just to be shushed?"
I see what they're saying.
It's odd. There's nothing about having e-books available that means they CAN'T also have paper books. Lots of library systems do both. Mine does, and has for a while now. Of course, there isn't an unlimited budget, but if they're not splashing out tons of money for those clinical readers IN the library, that should go a long way towards keeping both kinds of books. (Besides, those readers will be outdated soon, don't look comfortable, and how many people sit in the library to read a whole book anyway?)
I guess I don't get it. We've had a Kindle for a few years now, and we still buy a lot of traditional books. (And not just so we have something to burn when society goes south, although Ally's comment did give me a giggle. ) I don't know why a LIBRARY of all things would feel the need to go either/or.