The Great Kindle Fire

“…Public and academic libraries across the country are getting rid of multi-volume reference works such as the Oxford English Dictionary and the old 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia (a work as catholic in scope as it is Catholic in content) and replacing them, if at all, with digital versions in which specific entries can be looked up, but which are, in my experience anyway, hardly conducive to the sort of pleasant browsing that makes these books more than mere repositories of information. More than 11,000 public libraries now offer Kindle books to their patrons, a good example of space-saving and cost-cutting disguised as an attempt to appeal to public wishes…”


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