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Steve Fesenmaier spotted A Column by Tim Whitaker who "kind of jests" someone should order the main branch of the Free Library at 19th and Vine streets gutted, all the passÃ© books written by the long since dead and decayed--books that nobody looks at anyway, thrown out, and replaced with computers. When all was in place and ready (this could be done over a long weekend), the doors to the new Free Workstation Center of Philadelphia would swing open. There'd be great fanfare and hoopla. Thousands of city residents who'd been priced out of the Information Revolution for well over a decade would rush to the free computers to experience the online rush that comes with access to the Whole Wide World.
He says Amazon's new service "search inside the book" is the first glimpse of a full-bore revolution in the way research will be conducted and books will be distributed in the future that spells the death of libraries.
He bounced this idea off of Steven Levy, a Philadelphia native who writes about technology for Newsweek, and he says "It's not that crazy, The future of libraries is a hot topic with librarians all over the country."
"Once the Web has become a full-service digital archive of the whole wide written word, it'll only be a quick innovation or two before we'll have the technology to order and bind books on our own home book-printing systems. Ebooks will finally become reality. Libraries will become mini-museums, where old books are kept under glass, relics of the pre-"inside the book" revolutionary age."