I heard a discussion recently about publishing houses losing money with the rise of online competitors. Some readers have switched from traditional paper books to e-books, such as Kindle.
We're all pretty used to seeing people come in to the library to use the public computers for research, entertainment, whatever. Now imagine that where the circulation desk is, there is a coffee bar. Imagine the familiar stacks, the rows upon rows of so many books - gone. Now imagine that in their place are clusters of computer work stations and a limited number of e-books for patrons to borrow with downloaded text.
It might sound a bit far fetched but that's just what one private school library did. The story aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on November 9.