Books, ebooks, Libraries, Music, Things

TWO THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN FLOATING IN AND OUT OF MY MIND DURING MY HOLIDAY BREAK CONCERNING DIGITAL GOODS AND LIBRARIES

  1. The whole eBook thing  reminds me of what happened to the music industry after Napster and continues to happen to this day (death of the physical product, digital music sales up, piracy of digital goods, resurgence of a dead physical format as a niche collectors market (vinyl)).  Yet here we all are debating and discussing when instead we could be copying/pasting/learning from the music industry.  What have they taught us?  Physical formats will stick around, but the market for them will just keep getting smaller (CDs and Vinyl=Physical books) and digital sales will continue to rise.  Now let’s move onto the next step…
  2. Why the hell do we care about the eBook thing so much?  To me, this is a clear indication that LIBRARIES STILL BELIEVE THAT BOOKS ARE THE FOCUS OF WHAT WE’RE DOING.  When music started going digital were we freaking out about our physical library collections?  Maybe some of us were, but as a whole we were not.  We just kept on buying physical CD’s thinking that everything was gonna be alright.  Libraries lack of care about music going digital and the freak out about eBooks shows that we still believe purchasing and lending books is our primary function.  To some, this may be true, but I urge you to take a look around your library and see how people are using it: reading books, using computers, borrowing DVDs, music, video games, reading to their children, working on personal work/work work/school work, resting, browsing through magazines and newspapers, and much more.  That should be our focus.  Being everything and everything to our patrons.  Not just catering to the book market.
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