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Q: Are libraries necessary anymore?

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1055880/save-our-libraries-outrage-30m-cuts-127-closures-in-last-year

 

This is the mean government cuts and spending issue, left vs right. BORING

 

The long term trend with internet and ebooks, despite governments, the free market, will books and libraries become cd and 8 track novelties.  There are countries where internet is as low as 10 pounds a month, compters as low as 35 dollars, free internet in senior housing, etc. I enjoy killing time in a library, can they be saved with coffee shops and a mixture of private business in the building sharing some of the costs or will only urban areas with rich benefactors keep libraries around in 50 years.

 

If libraries become all digital, perhaps smaller buildings and sell the old ones to pay for them.

 

Some crooks in the book market have been caught selling rare print books stolen from these old libraries by an inside job employer at great prices. Could the old books be auctioned for paying to get a public digital library for all classes of people to use.

 

Regardless of politics or governments, society is making libraries less significant and that puts the funding lower down the totem pole of priority and on the chopping block. Is there a compromise so a struggling worker has a digital place to check for jobs and type a resume and be out of the cold or is this extinct in the modern era to come.

15 weeks 3 days ago in  Culture - China

 
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When I was in China I really missed going to a good library, now that I'm back where we have good libraries again I'm finding i don't go because the online options are just so much better now and I've got used to ebooks.

 

I still prefer a proper book in my hands but when you can go to the kindle store and choose from probably millions of titles and store a small library worth of books on your device you can see why libraries and bookshops are becoming redundant.

 

I still like browsing through 2nd hand bookshops and picking up cheap gems though but I doubt there will be many of those around either in 30 years or so.

 

 

 

 

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When I was in China I really missed going to a good library, now that I'm back where we have good libraries again I'm finding i don't go because the online options are just so much better now and I've got used to ebooks.

 

I still prefer a proper book in my hands but when you can go to the kindle store and choose from probably millions of titles and store a small library worth of books on your device you can see why libraries and bookshops are becoming redundant.

 

I still like browsing through 2nd hand bookshops and picking up cheap gems though but I doubt there will be many of those around either in 30 years or so.

 

 

 

 

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I still love an old, slightly worn-out print book.  Just could never get into reading from my iPad, but I must admit it is impressive and I don't hate it, just prefer a print book in my hands.  But for sure we are a dying breed, kids today live in the e-world and I think it will grow more and more dominant with each generation.  Goodbye to the physical library building.  Well, obviously they'll keep the big serious ones around, like you find in the big cities, and government places,,,, and for sure Vatican.  But they are more like museums than the local library we really checked a book out from as kids.

What the hell is a 'book', Steve? 

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You want to talk about saving the environment and going green, imagine how many trees we'll save by not printing millions of books that just sit on shelves 90% of the time?

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