In a desperate bid to come up with a post and not get side-tracked by a whole lot of fashion week sites, I came across a library in New England, that is giving away its books (20,000+). Cushing Academy, a 144 year old school 90 minutes west of Boston, has bought 18 Sony electronic readers for $10,000 amongst other digital equipment. (What also got me was the $50,000 cafe with a $12,000 espresso machine.)
Apparently they are building a virtual library, a 21st century library no less. “When I look at books,” said headmaster James Tracy, “I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books.’’
But not everyone is happy. Liz Vezina, a librarian at Cushings for 17 years is sad. She has a book club called, wait for it, Off-line Readers.
And other people are fighting the surge towards digitization. Look out for a forth-coming book, “Hamlet’s Blackberry: Why Paper is Eternal,’’ by William Powers.
But the kids love it apparently. They don’t seem to have a problem with no books.
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Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.