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I came across this cartoon the other day:

personal library

The message evokes a sad smile and a nod of the head as the realization that yes, this does look like the future, dawns on us.

Having dinner with some ‘bookish’ friends the other day, I listened to their lament of how libraries are being closed and those that do stay open often sell off ‘old’ fiction books for paltry sums.   And what, they queried, defined ‘old’.  Sad.  Very sad they said.   They are in the publishing business and I guess feel the squeeze in a different way to those like me – the consumer.

An article in The Canberra Times last week: Library book dumping signals a new dark age  highlighted the demise of so many of our book depositories – libraries – most especially university libraries are being converted into alternate spaces devoid of books.   Shelves previously available for browsing have been replaced with computer monitors which allow you to browse in a different way.   The author of this article, Elizabeth Farrelly who has just published a book of her own, poses the inevitable question:

And what do we lose, if anything, in the physicality of the book, and of its trove, the library?

I admit to still not being a committed eBook reader.   And on the occasions that I have read a super book on my eReader, I’ve lamented not being able to loan the prized book to another.   Worst of all though, I cringe at the thought of our children’s children not being able to browse the bookshelves of homes they visit.
Will the book collections many of us so value still today, really disappear, or is this a ‘phase’ we are moving through in our collective march through time?
Your thoughts?

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