Recently the local library in the town where I work announced that they had bought 15,000 e-books and intend to eventually go completely to a paperless format. Is that realistic for a library? They boast that there will be no hold lists for books, patrons will be able to just check out what they need to their e-reader but what about those valuable research texts on which kids rely to do term projects?
What about textbooks in general? I don’t know about you but when I attended University, textbooks were a big cost. I’m not surprised to see in the flow chart below from Onlinedegrees.org that some people choose not to buy books. Is a copy of Norton’s Anthology REALLY a $300 cost to the bookseller? Is this not another way to make education inaccessible.
Check out the information below. I found this chart fascinating.