"can you imagine modern publishers being willing to sell one copy of a book and then have the owner let an unlimited number of strangers borrow it?"

More philosophical ramblings about libraries. In this blog post, Stephen J. Dubner, author of the incredibly interesting and fun book Freakonomics, suggests that the idea of a public library would never be seriously considered in today’s economic and cultural climate. There is a ring of truth to his words, scary though they may sound. Sure, everybody loves to borrow movies and books from the public library, but does anybody really understand what they are all about? When you really think about it, does the idea smack of intellectual copyright infringement and socialism. It would be interesting to find out just how many “new” libraries are formed each year, and how the communities that form them decide that now is the time to build a library. . .


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