We know it’s inevitable, that one day, brick-and-mortar libraries as we know — end enjoy — them will be gone, replaced by a virtual online library that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, with books downloadable onto our computers or tablets. The Stanford University’s Engineering school may be entering such an era of bookless libraries.
According to the head of the library, Helen Josephine, it makes sense for the publications to be online: there are no printing costs, a shorter time delay before authors see their articles get published, and a much easier time for students to quickly run a digital search rather than thumbing through indexes.
Seem to me like we are slowly but inexorably entering an online world where paper, at long last, will have lost its hold on us, be it in the form of books or, dare we say it, photographs that we hang on our walls.
Read the article at: FastCompany.