Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

Magazine article American Libraries

How the World Sees Us

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"Kindle includes wireless access to Wikipedia. I do not need wireless access to Wikipedia. I would prefer to stir-fry my own small intestines than to have continual access to a site where the entry for Klingon is longer than the entry for Latin." University of Brighton (England) Professor of Media Studies TARA BRABA-ZON on the Amazon Kindle and its potential to transform reading and writing, in Times Higher Education, Mar. 13.

"Bad news, folks. The library is Alachua County's version of Terri Schiavo, and life support is costing us nearly $20 million each year. It would be an act of mercy to harvest the organs and move on.... With the advent of the internet and Google, virtually no serious research is carried on in the library stacks." GEORGE ELMORE, advocating closing the Alachua County (Fla.) Library District libraries, Gainesville Sun, Mar. 3.

"Do you honestly believe that these books that contain mystery, adventure, and science fiction are reality? Let me know the next time you see someone flying by with supernatural powers, animals talking, dragons breathing fire, and goblins living amongst us.... Please let me know and I'll contact the proper authorities." Lackawanna, New York, parent LISA LOFREDO, in expressing her objections to the school board's reconsideration of such "occult" titles as Eoin Colfer's The Supernaturalist for area middle schools, Buffalo (N.Y.) News, Mar. 15.

"For most of my lifetime, I've heard that reading is dead. In that time, disco has died, drive-in movies have nearly died, and something called The Clapper has come and gone through bedrooms across the nation. But reading? This year, about 400 million books will be sold in the United States. Overall, business is up 1%--not bad, in a rough economy, for a $15 billion industry still populated by people whose idea of how to sell books dates to Bartleby the Scrivener. …

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