[Web4lib] Kindle lending
crippel at ckls.org
Tue Nov 2 13:38:08 EDT 2010
I agree with Tim Spalding that ebooks will eventually dominate.
Almost 10 years ago, when Rocketbooks were the leading ereaders,
someone told me that libraries will always be around because
not every print book will be converted to electronic form and
people will go to libraries for those documents.
I agree in the same way that automobiles have not completely replaced
horses and buggies.
Horses and buggies are still used in a small number of situations, e.g.,
and by a relatively small number of people, e.g., Amish,
but for the vast majority of times, places and people,
horses and buggies are ignored.
With the rise of Google and the Web, reference books are being ignored
by most people,
even though reference books may offer better information. I think the
same is eventually going to happen with other books.
It's the "principle of least effort" in action, i.e., people, including
professional like doctors, use the easiest source of information
available even when they know better and newer sources are available in
the nearest library.
Online delivery of ebooks is a threat to libraries because this delivery
undermines libraries' traditional asset of having most easily available
local reading material. Kindles are especially threatening to libraries
because Amazon will not allow libraries to provide popular content to
local Kindle owners.
Central Kansas Library System
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
crippel at ckls dot org
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