Bexar County, Texas, Judge Nelson W. Wolff, is pushing plans for the nation’s first bookless public library. Of course, the Judge doesn’t really mean bookless, he’s really thinking about an ebook library – but bookless sounds cooler. Anyway, he envisions a digital library that he’s calling BiblioTech and he proposes to make thousands of volumes available for Bexar County residents both online and in a physical library. County residents with a library card could check out books on their own smartdevices or borrow a take-home ereader. “If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” Wolff said. While I applaud the idea, this has been tried before and most public institutions have met with some kind of public outcry. Of course, Bexar County, Texas has never had a public library before, so there’s no legacy system for people to compare it too. It’s digital, it’s crazy, but it just might work.
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