I recently went to the ophthalmologist for my annual eye exam. Knowing that I would have to wait during this visit, I took my newest book purchase (The Help) with me. My husband had an appointment at the same time and he, too, had a book to read.
Sitting in the waiting room enjoying my book and sharing bits of it with my husband, I became aware of surreptitious glances from others waiting for their appointment with the doctor. We were all waiting and reading – some with paperback books, some with hardback books, and some with magazines. The difference was that I had an e-reader (my Nook) and not a traditional book. How ironic, I thought, that the librarian in the room had an e-reader and not a traditional book.
My Nook generated a lot of attention but no one said, “Wow, I’d like to have one of those!” I do have to admit that when my daughter purchased her Kindle I wasn’t all that interested; however, the idea of having many books on one device was really enticing. So enticing that I asked for a Nook for Christmas. Being able to take my books with me in my briefcase or purse is very convenient. However, I still prefer my professional books as hardbacks but my Nook is great for my recreational reading.
I just purchased and downloaded the latest Mary Higgins Clark book which I’m enjoying immensely. But I’m also reading, in print format, a book I bought at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) conference, No School Library Left Behind: Leadership, School Improvement, and the Media Specialist.
Guess I’m enjoying the best of both worlds. My question and concern is how both worlds fit within today’s libraries, in particular school libraries.