Do Libraries Need Books? eBooks Could Be The Answer

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We’re not so sure they do. eBooks are on their way to taking over printed books, especially with the growth of digital reading devices. Now, we’re sure everyone knows that printed books will never die, but that doesn’t mean all books need to be printed. Let’s look at the role of eBooks in an educational setting.

Many of those who want to preserve the printed book also want to preserve books that hold personal (or collectable) value. These people aren’t fighting to save a calculus textbook or guide to business management. Recently, we’ve seen K-12 and universities start to go book-free. It lowers costs, plus eBooks are easier for students to carry and access at any time. Plus, eBooks are eco-friendly!

Additionally, eBooks are becoming more functional. For example, take books created in Thuze. In these eBooks, you can go beyond reading to take notes, share insights, and even watch related videos that help the text come to life. In turn, schools can track how students interact with the content and adjust their courses to meet expectations.

Another article about the Pew Research Center study, Library Services in the Digital Age, showed that while many consider checking out books the old fashioned way to be valuable, 77% of respondents also noted that computer and Internet access is very important. Additionally, 53% said that libraries should “definitely” offer a larger eBook selection.

It’s clear that the goal of a library is still content, but how people access it may be shifting away from paper books. In fact, one library in Texas is going to become the first public bookless library in the United States.

So, if you’re holding onto some books with no idea what to do with them, you could always turn to crafts!

Written by: Travis Taggart
Travis is a regular contributor to the Ashford University blog.

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