Today at work (yes on Saturday), I was introduced to a new book, which has also has a promotional YouTube video which you can check out.
It’s a book by Lane Smith that beautifully and succinctly tells the story of what we commonly run into in libraries, although in a simplified manner.
It also outlines the alleged conflict that many librarians, including myself, experience every day. Digital or physical?
Check out the video at: http://youtu.be/x4BK_2VULCU
As with many librarians, I don’t get caught in the print or digital argument, because I still have room for both in my life. I read substantially online, although I don’t yet have an e-reader (although I am about to purchase my first tablet). But I still enjoy reading a physical book. Although the pundits have been predicting the end of the physical book for quite a while, I can’t see the end of it for a bit yet – not from my own experience and not from what I have seen in my library. At this point in publishing history, there is definitely room for both.
And for those who may think its generational, my children are prolific book readers and enjoy the sensory experience of reading physical books, but they haven’t as yet done a lot of reading online. 🙂 And I see this pattern repeated with the many families who come in to borrow children’s books each week.
If you get a chance to read “It’s a book”, take it. The video is cute, but the book itself gives more and I’m not just talking about the physical experience.