[T]he world’s first completely paperless public library is scheduled to open this summer in Bexar County, Texas, in the United States.
Bexar County’s so-called BiblioTech is a low-cost project with big ambitions. Its first branch will be in a relatively poor district on the city of San Antonio’s South Side.
It will have 100 e-readers on loan, and dozens of screens where the public will be able to browse, study, and learn digital skills. However it’s likely most users will access BiblioTech’s initial holding of 10,000 digital titles from the comfort of their homes, way out in the Texas hinterland.
It will be a truly bookless library - although that is not a phrase much to the liking of BiblioTech’s project co-ordinator, Laura Cole. She prefers the description “digital library” - after all, there will be books there, but in digital form.
'Not even a bookstore…'
“For us this was just an obvious solution to a growing problem,” she says.
I just finished reading The Language Police by Diane Ravitch. It expressed some controversial ideas to say the least. She explains how political pressure groups shaped every single textbook in classrooms today. They forced publishers to sanitize the language, make sure the pictures were more diverse, and get this - change works of literature so that all groups were represented equally according to current statistics. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for equality. In fact, I’m a borderline feminist, but historically American women and minorities did not have the rights or opportunities that white, Anglo-saxon males did. Publishers even change genders and ethnicity inalready created and published worksto meet the demands placed on them. One of the main purposes of literature is to understand and examine ideas and mindsets from other times, and this cannot be done when changing the literature from the past.
Points where I agree with her
I disagree with these points:
I highly recommend reading this book. It was very interesting. What are other people’s opinions on the forced alteration of text books?
I’ve been in a slump lately - not reading or making any art. Then my dad recommended this book. I’d followed Austin Kleon on tumblr for a while and recognized the book. I sat down and read it in one sitting. The advice on how to get creative was funny, well-written, and definitely worth the read. It’s kick started my creative gears once again, and hopefully, it will lead to a more productive summer on my part.