Monday, August 30, 2010

Interesting book vs. ebook graphic

Recently ran across this very interesting graphic that was produced for Newsweek. It draws out some interesting points about books and ebooks. Give it a look and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

  1. Karl, we're librarians. You know we break down into the "Early Adopter" camp ("This is the next best thing to sliced bread! Students are clamoring for it!") or the "Latent Luddite" camp ("Yeah, it's not bad... if you're INTO that kinda thing. Now when *I* was in school....")

    You're either "fer it" or "agin it" but you can't be both.

    I say this all tongue in cheek, of course. Librarians get the idea of middle ground.. we understand shades of gray. However, how do we as Institution, handle variation? There will never be enough money to supply all materials in all formats.

    Spend the money on print and carry on the rich tradition of academia or spend it on e-books and plant ourselves in the Now? Or, do both (as we do) and hope we've figured out the mix, knowing that someone somewhere won't have exactly what they need?