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Texas to open first paperless library

CaptainObvious

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Paperless public library to open in Texas - latimes.com

As someone who loves books and has a pretty large home library I have to say I don't like this at all. I don't think people read enough as it is and I just don't see people reading as much from a computer or tablet than from an actual book.

Thoughts?
 

Shwa

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So you mean its an internet cafe or something they've opened up? This is the first I've heard about it besides all the tornadoes and terrorist acts on television, what area in Texas are they thinking of putting this up at C.O?

I'll agree that people don't read enough as it is, seems really lazy to open up just a paperless library for the public when they have computers and nooks or whatever to read on their own.

~Shwa
 

CaptainObvious

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So you mean its an internet cafe or something they've opened up? This is the first I've heard about it besides all the tornadoes and terrorist acts on television, what area in Texas are they thinking of putting this up at C.O?

I'll agree that people don't read enough as it is, seems really lazy to open up just a paperless library for the public when they have computers and nooks or whatever to read on their own.

~Shwa
In Bexar County, San Antonio area. Apparently you can check out a book from there from your tablet from your couch. I mean, why should we have to get up and do anything or go outside and peruse through books at a library anymore, huh?

I agree, I think the difference is you can check out books from there so you only have it temorarily versus purchasing the book and keeping it on your nook or tablet.
 

Millz

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Ugh, here we go!

I could see how it might be cost efficient without having the books around but I just don't like it...I can't get behind the idea.

I don't think this encourages reading...it all just seems lazy. I dunno.
 

CaptainObvious

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Ugh, here we go!

I could see how it might be cost efficient without having the books around but I just don't like it...I can't get behind the idea.

I don't think this encourages reading...it all just seems lazy. I dunno.
I know what you mean. A local school district has done away with books and has given every student iPads. I hate the idea. Kids now are spending more time on social media and playing Angry Birds. I think this in the end will discourage reading.

McAllen ISD's iPad initiative hits full stride - The Monitor: Local News
 

AnitaKnapp

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I'm all for it. When I went to the library I probably read about 12-20 books per year. Now that I have a Nook it's sky rocketed. I read 87 books last year and plan on reading 100 this year. I don't get how tablets would discourage reading, seeing as how it dramatically increased mine.

I take my tablet everywhere with me. Right now in my purse I am carrying around 130 books. That is just awesome. I would love to be able to check out books on my tablet.
 

penny4URthoughts

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I wouldn't get too discouraged Millz. There are kids who are reading online, especially from computer programs which involve familiar cartoon characters.
 

ysabel

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It's like my debate with my other reading friends who use their Kindle etc. They too would disagree that reading from non paper makes people read less. Like AnitaK they said it made them read more because instead of carrying several books, then can just have everything in their pads.

But still I'm more traditional when it comes to books. I like it to be....real books. :hah: And seeing a "library" with just e-books are like fake libraries to me. It's almost like going to a museum and seeing only digital pictures of artifacts.
 
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penny4URthoughts

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When it comes to finding out what's going in the world as well as the stock market, I mostly read from the computer. For regular stories, I read books.
 

sunrise

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To be honest my biggest question for this is how long the founders can sustain the need for this. If people own a kindle and go into the library to see how it is done they will likely only ever need do it once and then why go back at all? The same counts for buying them, if you could find them cheaper Amazon example why bother buying them from there.

I would also wonder as to how they will monitor this when someone goes over their allowance, what I mean by this is that say someone borrows a book for a week but they keep it for two, are the library going to remove it from the device? That seems a bit of a privacy issue.

Plus and I don't wish to sound like I am stereotyping here but a lot of older generations still go to these places for the company as well as books and some just aren't ready to move on. I was going to buy my mother a kindle for her birthday, I explained the benefits and she doesn't want one, she wants the physical book.

I think it will be a sad day when library's close down but honestly I think I will happen sooner than we think.
 
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