This article on CNET argues that Amazon could easily replace much of the social function of the local library through a subscription service, where the user pays an annual fee for unlimited reading, while not ever owning or keeping any of the content.
I’ve been arguing for a few years that the physical space of a local library as a “third place” (not-home and not-work) is becoming more important than the physical space as a book warehouse. (To be fair, this is a change in my appreciation of 6-7 years ago, when I thought the book collection, the “content,” was the primary asset of the library.) This thought makes the current Boulder Public Library Master Plan, which I had a hand in creating, utterly obsolete — the model of the central library having priority over branches should give way to a model of the central branch as just another branch.
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