Libraries vs Internet


Library vs. Internet: Is the Community Library Obsolete?
There has been plenty of discussion about the future of the library in a world that is increasingly moving toward e-readers and electronic book purchases. Driven by devices like Amazon’s Kindle e-readers and tablets like the Apple iPad, many people are moving beyond paperback and choosing to use a device that is more compact and easier to store than a large book collection. The truth, though, is that libraries and traditional books aren’t going anywhere.

Even Those with an E-Reader Still Read Paper Books
The great thing about e-readers is not that they replace books, but that they make books more accessible and give consumers more options. Recent studies have found that those without e-readers typically read about 15 books per year, all on paper. Those who do own an e-reader, though, actually read more: 24 books per year. What’s more, those owners of an e-reader device tend to enjoy a mix of both e-books and paper copies.

That’s probably because it’s simply impossible for an e-book to be practical in all locations. It’s hard to read an e-reader as a passenger in a car, or on an airplane. It’s sometimes not recommended to take out an e-reader along the street or in the park, where the sun’s direct rays can make it hard to see the screen. And recent surveys have shown that parents still prefer to read to their children using traditional books, full of pictures and bright colors that e-readers don’t allow.

A Bright Future for Both Mediums
E-readers and paper books each have an ideal setting and a great target market. They will continue to do so as the world embraces a hybrid lifestyle that bridges digital with analog.