E-books and libraries covered in this week’s Westender

How apropos – the Westender (a free Vancouver community newspaper) has just published – as their cover story – a piece on the impact of e-books on libraries. They interview a couple of librarians from the Vancouver Public Library, who rightly emphasize that (1) the library has to be wary of the digital divide, which has much to do with social class, and (2) a lot of people – especially older patrons – aren’t necessarily tech savvy enough to buy and use an e-reader (or to want to learn the new technology). Definitely worth a read.

True confession: I read the print version, picking it up just now at the supermarket when I saw “Libraries 2.0” on the cover. Normally don’t pick up these freebie papers.

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