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Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete?

Updated on June 19, 2013

With technology leaping forward, questions pop into my mind.

I remember when I worked for a corporation that manufactured irrigation pipes. The company employed many welders and suddenly robots were developed that could perform the same jobs many of those welders were doing.

Jobs Lost.

Is technology helping or hurting?

I am watching a somewhat new form of technology that I am questioning the pros and cons of. This technology is called e-readers.

As a published author, I have no "bone to pick" with e-readers like the Amazon Kindle and others. I am actually making money on them since the books I publish are also published on Kindle also. I do like making money, but I am concerned. Will libraries and book stores become an obsolete item in this technological world?

Pros and Cons

There are many pros and cons of e-readers. Let's look at some of both.


  • You can carry many books with you in a single device.
  • Many of these devices are capable of using the internet if there is Wi-Fi available.
  • Book prices are usually cheaper than the hard counterparts.
  • No traveling to bookstores or libraries. There are both right in the palm of your hand.


  • E-reader's cost money. Many are somewhat expensive.
  • Another electronic device that can go bad.
  • You will miss out on some particulars of some books. Some pictures and such do not come out on e-readers.
  • The collective value of paperback and hardcover books can be enormous.
  • Our children and grandchildren will not have that advantage of looking at the bookshelf and pulling down a book for you to read to them.

Do You Own An E-Reader?

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Fad or Not?

There is a big part of me that hopes e-readers are just a passing fad. I have always been a big fan of seeing shelves of books.

As I stated earlier, it really doesn't matter one way or the other in my income as an author. The majority of the books I have authored or been a part of authoring are also e-books. It is win-win for me. I would much rather that people bought the paperback editions. The time put into making that perfect cover and getting margins and such just right was timely. Those items were not very important in the e-book process. The pride and joy is livelier when I see a person has a "hard copy" of one of those books than when they show me they have it on their Amazon Paperwhite or Fire.

Just to show you what I mean, I am installing two Amazon links to books that have beautiful covers that you will never see with the e-readers. One of these books doesn't even have a e-book because of the size of it (it has many pictures).

Please consider supporting libraries and bookstores. Sure, e-readers are great, but so are normal books. Try both.

If you are looking to purchase an e-reader, I highly suggest one of the many Amazon Kindle products. They are fabulous and many books are exclusive only to Kindle. I will also put some links to some of them here.

If you would like to see one of the many books we have published thus far, either in paperback or Kindle, just follow the link below.

Happy Reading!

How to use an Amazon Kindle

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    • shofarcall profile image


      6 years ago

      As with all electronics, I didn't want to know about kindles/e readers. I wanted to hold a real book! end of 2011 I was abroad in the UK and was so fed up of having to lug heavy books around and they took up so much space and weight in luggage, that I "bit the bullet" and bought a kindle.

      Well!!!! I have never looked back.

      It is so great for travelling.

      And there is a vast selection on Amazon and I have found that mostly, Christian based books are VERY reasonably priced. I have a wonderly selection by Andrew Murray which I paid 99p for. Fantastic.

      And it is so light to hold when reading in bed and no noise when you turn the page.

      Yep....I do love my kindle. The fact that it fits in my handbag and I can choose what I feel like reading anywhere, anythime. Wouldn't be without it now. BUT....I do still relish turning the pages of a real book from time to time.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks to all of you for your input. Yes, e-readers can be useful, but please visit and support your library too.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      6 years ago

      I never thought I would enjoy an electronic reader because I love the feel and smell of a book. I have a library in my living room that is filled to capacity, so I thought I would buy a NOOK. I am in love with it. Having said that I would hate to see libraries disappear. It would seem so unnatural. My grandchildren are always in the library. I have friends with electronic devices who lend books from the library. The books go directly to their devices. Thanks for this very interesting hub. Up, interesting and awesome.

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      6 years ago

      I prefer actual books over ereaders as well. I prefer being able to have a visual bookshelf, and a physical book in my hand with pages that I can turn. eReaders don't have the same kind of nostalgic feeling.

    • JessBraz profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Lovely hub!

      I love hubs dedicated to anything to do with books. :) Because I myself, like many other people still have a passion for hard copy books.. I worked in a bookstore up until a few months ago... A very big chain store here in Canada, that also has it's own ereader device... For every person that came in to purchase an ereader, I probably sold hard copy books to at least one hundred.

      I don't think ereaders will make bookstores or libraries obsolete.. Though I do think that the odds of seeing any new bookstores popping up to rival Chapters (Canada) or.. not sure- Borders in the states (Is that still open? I heard they closed, not sure though) is probably highly unlikely..

      I will admit that during slower days while working at the bookstore, I did play around with the ereaders and every once and a while think "Hmmm.. maybe.." ... But I just have never been able to bring myself to do it. I want my bookshelves to be filled with books, not electronic devices.

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      Becki Rizzuti 

      6 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Bronwyn, for $19 you could have gotten 3G for the life of your kindle. I bought mine for $139 and it has 3G and no monthly or even annual subscription service for me to use it. My kindle connects just fine even when my modem is down, which is terribly convenient.

      I personally love my Kindle. I've never been a fan of libraries because I always forget to return the books (I know, I know) so it's better for me not to borrow, but most libraries have e-books for loan as well, and both the Kindle and the Nook allow for borrowing (each has its own means of doing so).

      Kindle has tons of books that I don't need to pay for, and I usually spend less on an e-book than I would on a paperback. While I'm a certified bibliophile, I absolutely love having my Kindle!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you honey.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      You know that I decorate with books, they have been part of me and my family loves them also. I can stay with both.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Bronwyn, lets keep the libraries open!

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      Bronwyn J Hansen 

      6 years ago

      I will never give up libraries and bookstores. However, the other day I gave in and purchased a kindle. Biggest waste of $120 ever! What they do not bother to tell you at the store, is that you have to have wifi to do anything with it.

      Real books do not rely on owning a $100+ router or wifi reception. Long live real books!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      A big amen to that billy aka William Holland. Real books are the real deal.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have seven ebooks published but do not own an ebook reader and I won't buy one. I love libraries and I love the feel of a real book in my hands. Let's hope that never fades away.


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