Of course you have to question how many of them use the library for any reason, let alone to borrow e-books.
I on the other hand couldn’t be more proud of the American public. Way to recognize the library as it was originally intended.
Sure, you’ve probably never set foot in one (and to borrow an e-book you won’t have to), but good for you. You know they have books in there. Congratulations.
That’s one step in the right direction for this crusade towards literacy. Here’s hoping there’s many more behind it, even if they do involve that most-wretched of unbound reading devices–the e-reader.
The first step is awareness, now do something about it. Borrow a book (of e-origin or otherwise). Next step? Read it.
“Most U.S. Readers Unaware of E-Books at Libraries: Poll”: Reuters
Breaking News: Amazon has made thousands of books available for free*!!!
*if you own a Kindle and are an Amazon Prime Member…
Pay no attention to the small, italicized print. This is exciting!
Amazon is now doing what libraries have been doing for centuries!
Only difference? They’re getting people to pay for it and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your Kindle screen.
Because if there’s one thing we should avoid it’s walking, especially to places with books and human interaction.
Sure they did away with late fees, but what is the borrowing experience without the judgmental look you get from the librarian as you hand over the 20 cents you owe them? It’s the price you pay.
Amazon has their price too. Although, at $80 a year, and considering the fact that you also get free-shipping, access to thousands of streaming movies, television shows, and now free books as well, I’d say Netflix has more to worry about than your local librarians.
Even this e-reader cynic has to give Amazon props…assuming this pans out the way they hope.
“Amazon Lights the Fire with Free Book”: New York Times
it’s so close!!!
Defenders of the bound book rejoice. I have found our salvation.
Scratch that. E-books have found our salvation. Fitting, no?
Just when lovers of page turning thought all hope was gone, there may be some hope in the form of librarians.
Last week HarperCollins Publishers dropped a new fee on libraries for the loan of their e-books.
Previously, libraries paid once for rights to a book. The new deal allows only 26 loans per fee. This essentially means libraries will have to pay an annual fee to have rights to HarperCollins e-books.
The response? SHHHHHHHH!!!
I may have taken a few liberties, but they did not take it well. Many have stopped buying HarperCollins e-books, refusing to accept these new terms.
Yes, the keepers of quiet, collectors of fines, rulers of the Dewey Decimal System are taking a stand, putting their collective foot down.
You’ve done it now E-Books. Just because you’re the “cool kids” now doesn’t mean you can get away with anything. Now you’ve gone and pissed off the librarians.
You are in sooo much trouble.
“Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books”: New York Times
It’s official, we’ve run out of people and institutions to blame for our current economic situation.
The latest government operation sucking up all of our tax money–libraries.
Proving that it’s always the quiet ones.
It’s no surprise that the economy is less than perfect right now, but are we really going to start blaming libraries?
Fox Chicago recently ran an undercover investigation to find out how all this tax payer money is being wasted.
A hidden camera investigation of a public space during business hours, now that’s cutting edge news (speaking of wasting resources).
What they caught on tape is just shocking. People do in fact still use the library, and they have the grainy under cover footage to prove it.
Apparently they let people come and go as they please, and borrow books for free (gasp!).
Thank goodness they’ve uncovered the truth. It takes real guts (or a lack thereof) to question free public access to literature and information.
Thanks Fox Chicago.
The Whole Story: Waste of time?
…just for fun:
For those who insist on budget cuts, here’s a suggestion-