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Book-Free Libraries

New England Prep School Ushers in Literary Electronic Era

— September 5, 2009 — Tech
Libraries hold a sensual and dignified place for me and for most people who have grown up reading in them. Something about being surrounded by mountainous shelves of literary works makes one feel humbled by all that they do not know and have available to learn.

However, this idea of books being bigger than one person is passé for the administrators at Cushing Academy, a Prep School near Boston. Instead of being encompassed by knowledge, they have chosen to shrink the literary experience into iPhone form. “When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,” said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing.

As much as this writer likes the current age of laptops and online information, I have to admit this move by the Prep School disheartens me in a way that just makes me want to go to a library, sit in an old musty chair and read a book.
Trend Themes
1. Digital Libraries - The shift towards digital libraries presents opportunities for developing innovative platforms and technologies to enhance the reading experience.
2. Mobile Reading - The adoption of mobile reading devices like smartphones and tablets opens up new avenues for creating interactive and accessible literary content.
3. Disruptive Education - The move towards book-free libraries reflects the broader trend of disruptive innovation in the education industry, driven by technology advancements.
Industry Implications
1. E-book Publishing - The rise of digital libraries creates opportunities for e-book publishers to deliver content in innovative ways and reach wider audiences.
2. Mobile Device Manufacturing - The growing demand for mobile reading devices fuels opportunities for manufacturers to develop advanced devices that cater to the needs of digital readers.
3. Edtech - The shift towards book-free libraries highlights the importance of educational technology solutions that can support interactive and engaging learning experiences.
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