Saturday, July 18, 2015

In Decline: Today's Libraries

The stacks are being downsized or eliminated, and to add insult to injury, more acquisition funds are being spent on fewer e-books because of current pricing models:
In evolving, librarians are steering tight acquisition budgets to e-books, which are more expensive than print because, among other reasons, publishers fear large databases of free e-books will hurt their business.
Also, as a disappointed library user, I have noticed that most e-books' user interface sucks compared to print books. No doubt one day it will all be fixed, but how many years will we have to wait for the publishers and libraries to get their acts together?
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