Due in part to assignments previously mentioned on Dickens of a Blog, and also to the fact that some interesting news has showed up lately, thought I would drop a small handful of book related links on you, this morning. As always, ripe with Doug commentary.
Finally, the most intriguing story amongst all of these: Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books. A school library completely removes its books in anticipation of using a wholly electronic format. The reply I left in the class discussion board about this is quoted below. Keep in mind, I am a proud Kindle owner, and not merely slashing out against the ebook portion of the equation.
Brilliant. You get rid of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of books and buy 18 handheld devices that, by law, cannot be lent out. Students now have the option of sitting around in the library, thumbing through the Kindle, or not. If they lend out the Kindle, they have a max circulation of 18 and run the risk of some sort of legal action being brought against them. Students who have their own reading devices will still have to purchase (or download for free) their own material anyhow.
Then you get rid of the personal reference service (I'm assuming they are going to make Google their de facto reference librarian, which is just awesome since every student knows how to effectively look up everything, right?) and replace it with a coffee shop so students can sit around in a library and, rather than read, browse facebook and sip $5 coffees all day.
I think the part that bothers me is that they could have easily integrated the Kindle format directly in with their old. They could have done the e-textbooks without touching the older books and had both. The only reason they got rid of their books is to brag about getting rid of their books. That's not really progressive at all, that's actually regressive because now they have to contend with all the legal gray areas that ebooks live in, have to pay yearly fees to license ebooks to institutions, and so forth.
I have no doubt that paper books are going to be in the decline and ebooks on the increase, but this level of drastic measure is putting the image ahead of the student.
Si Vales, Valeo
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