A library without books

A Massachusetts prep school, Cushing Academy, has decided that paper and hardback books are outdated. They’re removing them and “upgrading” to digital books.

The headmaster, James Tracy says, “When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books.”

What do you think? Is this cutting edge, or just sad? Will this help students learn by giving them access to all the latest technology as well as millions of books – or will they be distracted by E-mail, chat, and other online socializing?

Source: Boston.com

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5 Comments

Filed under books, change, culture, education, kids, technology

5 responses to “A library without books

  1. I can’t imagine not having the experience of holding a book in your hands or turning the pages. Technology overruns itself at times. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. humincat

    I think it is a ridiculous idea to have a bookless library and hopefully doesn’t catch on anywhere near me.

  3. That is terrible!

    Can’t they leave room for both? The tactile and intimite experience of curling up with a big tome of a reference book, casually flipping through pages and reading what catches your eye cannot be duplicated electronically.

  4. esa

    wow, i’d like to see what it’ll look like when it’s completed. as odd as this sounds, it seems plausible that the idea will spread.

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