A recent article in the Washington Post discussed the changing nature of libraries, specifically the move to larger digital collections and less print material. With shrinking budgets, higher user demand for ebooks, and higher costs for licensing those ebooks, libraries are stuck in a very difficult place.
This isn’t only an issue for libraries but for all readers. Given that most of us have limited discretionary spending levels, we all have to choose if we spend those funds on paper books or ebooks.
The article was interesting and while I think the reporter could have included more points of view to make it a little more even, it certainly has started discussions in my area about books, libraries, and the future of both.