Bookless libraries: they’re everywhere

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Bexar County, Texas, a fully digital public library will soon be up and running. Known as BiblioTech, the 4 989 square foot e-library will join the ranks of schools and universities around the nation that have allowed students to ‘borrow’ e-texts since 2010.

The library will be equipped with 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets, as well as 100 e-readers for adults and 50 for children. Visitors will be able to choose from over 10 000 titles, which will be uploaded onto the e-reader devices and can be borrowed for two weeks.

BiblioTech is competing with giants like Amazon, which announced in 2011 that it would allow all Kindle owners to borrow e-books from over 11 000 libraries in the US. The service is also available on any free Kindle reading app found on a smartphone or computer. Amazon also relaxed rules about writing in the margins. Says Jay Marine, director of Amazon Kindle: “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that readers can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books they check out. “The notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

Category: Autumn 2013, e-Education

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