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Books, books everywhere, but nary a one in print: Cushing Academy eliminates print books from its library

Norm Medeiros (Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 16 February 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to review Cushing Academy's recent decision to withdraw the majority of its print book collection in favor of electronic books.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is designed to conjure thoughts regarding the role of books and their digital future, particularly in light of the Kindle and Google Books project.

Findings

The paper suggests that eliminating print books from a secondary school library may not serve well students who go on to attend universities where print books predominate.

Originality/value

The paper calls attention to the challenges libraries and institutions face in transitioning to electronic books.

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Citation

Medeiros, N. (2010), "Books, books everywhere, but nary a one in print: Cushing Academy eliminates print books from its library", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 5-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650751011018446

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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