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Physical libraries: Their time has passed!

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By Howard Kim, Staff Reporter

Libby, Audible, Nook. Libraries have gained a lot of competition over the last few decades — and they can’t keep up anymore. Their inventories of physical literature have become obsolete.

The reasoning is simple. When libraries first came around, they played a vital role in society because they facilitated the sharing of literature and the dissemination of knowledge. However, technology that allows for instant access to these vast stores of information has made keeping physical copies unnecessary, and libraries and their patrons are already feeling the impacts of this change. According to the 2021 Freckle Report: Digital or Diverse? by Tim Coates, the former head of Waterstone’s bookshops, use of print books sank by 29% from 2019 to 2021, reflecting the downward trend of printed literature.


Howard Kim can be reached at [email protected].

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Howard Kim, Co-News Editor
Howard Kim is a junior and the Co-News Editor of The Spoke. Last year, he served as a Co-Sports Editor. He likes to cover local government and sports-related stories. Outside of the newspaper, he enjoys going on rollercoasters and watching Christopher Nolan movies.
Physical libraries: Their time has passed!

Physical libraries: Their time has passed!

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By Howard Kim, Staff Reporter Libby, Audible, Nook. Libraries have gained a lot of competition over the last few decades — and they can’t keep up anymore. Their inventories of physical literature have become obsolete. The reasoning is simple. When libraries first came around, they played a vital role in society because they facilitated the...

By Howard Kim, Staff Reporter

Libby, Audible, Nook. Libraries have gained a lot of competition over the last few decades — and they can’t keep up anymore. Their inventories of physical literature have become obsolete.

The reasoning is simple. When libraries first came around, they played a vital role in society because they facilitated the sharing of literature and the dissemination of knowledge. However, technology that allows for instant access to these vast stores of information has made keeping physical copies unnecessary, and libraries and their patrons are already feeling the impacts of this change. According to the 2021 Freckle Report: Digital or Diverse? by Tim Coates, the former head of Waterstone’s bookshops, use of print books sank by 29% from 2019 to 2021, reflecting the downward trend of printed literature.


Howard Kim can be reached at [email protected].

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