A few weeks ago, I asked the question “Are Brick and Mortar City Libraries Still Necessary?”
My theory was that City Governments could save money and be more efficient by utilizing technology like ebooks.
Well, today comes word that Amazon is working with 11,000 libraries nationwide on a check-out system where library members can check-out their library books on their Kindle. Of course, there are a number of logistical issues that need to be worked out revolving around book expiration and licensing, but they are on the right track.
We will always need some sort of physical library for those that are not fortunate enough to own an eReader, but a move like this begins the process of allowing cities to downsize their libraries and digitize their collections. This is a move that should save them a significant amount of money (and maybe even make some) in the long run. Awesome!
Again, this is not a political blog, but I am always very interested in exploring ways in which technology can be used to make government more efficient.
So, what do you think?