A conversation with two teens

I removed all the photos and names, hence the heavy editing…

Just putting another example out there.  Teens enjoy reading.  Teens enjoy manga. Teens are reading online.

Is it legal?  Yah, umm, no.  But this isn’t about that.  What I’m trying to say is that the world is changing faster than we can keep up with it. Teens do not want to wait 2-4 weeks for someone to return the only copy of a book you have in your collection.  Once teens turn to eBooks, they’re not gonna want to deal with DRM and all that other stuff.

Also, this is really the first generation that we’re seeing this situation with.  I can’t imagine what it will be like when my 2 year old son Finn is a teen.

How can we remain relevant in this day in age?  How can we serve this population?  How can we make this happen?




  1. We have ebooks at my library and have been receiving more and more interest from patrons about how to access them. Also, not all teens have computers or internet access at home. As long as we can negotiate contracts with e-book vendors that aren’t asinine (like the 26 checkout limit, cough, cough) and invest in more tech oriented resources (like exploring the creation of library apps that help folks navigate online resources that they can access from their smartphones, etc.), I’m hoping that libraries will not only survive, but thrive.

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