November 27, 2013

Printed books and ebooks

This link to the article "Young adult readers' prefer printed to ebooks" was shared on ECIS Librarians forum.I find the article an interesting read in the light of the developments in libraries, education and printing industry.

The point, made by Mary Langford, that caught my eye during the discussion is that people often think the technology wants to obliterate printed books. Quite the opposite, it's about sharing resources, catering for various learning styles and personal preferences. Librarians are the guardians of all libraries. Authorities tend to continue closing libraries when money is tight. Finding ways to get more people involved in books, reading and libraries is important.  

I believe the printed vs. ebook issue is well illustrated by  "Video Killed the Radio Star" song written by Trevor HornGeoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978.Video"'s theme was promotion of technology while worrying about its effects. This song relates to concerns about mixed attitudes towards 20th-century inventions and machines for the media arts.This song was the first to be shown on MTV in the United States at 12:01am on 1 August 1981. Read more

We shouldn´d be afraid of new technologies and developments but take these as supplements and opportunities to improve our services and the need for them.

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