I never thought I’d have to make a video called “Should Amazon Replace Libraries?” But then a certain poorly-written and not-researched op-ed in Forbes came out, and I was left with no choice.
Contrary to popular beliefs, libraries are not — I repeat, NOT — dying. Nor are they obsolete. And we certainly shouldn’t be replacing them with anything by Amazon, or any other commercial entity.
In fact, there’s likely no place in your community that’s innovating as hard, for the benefit of everyone, as your local library. Let’s talk about how.
If you want to see how much a library can save YOU based on YOUR usage, here’s a handy calculator.
- Library usage 2001 to 2010
- 94% see the value of libraries
- Funding is what’s killing libraries, not google
- Libraries are a boon to their communities
If you have some spare cash, consider donating to your local library! If you want to help me make videos though, I’ll never turn down a few bucks: https://www.paypal.me/PeterMusser