As an avid reader I enjoy having physical copies of books and magazines, which made me take a step back when I read that Google is in the process of scanning existing books from public libraries and universities into digital format. Cushing Academy, which is a preparatory school located in Ashburnham, Massachusetts is accompanying Google in the digital movement by creating a virtual library. The library has removed less than half of the 20,000 books that were in the stacks and invested a substantial amount of money to transform the library into a learning centre, which will have laptop-friendly carrels that can be used to access the millions of books that are in the process of being digitized and added to the school's electronic literary database and will be accessed via e-books or computers.
The digital movement is clearly here to stay but is increased digital content going to help schools improve the quality of teacher and student interaction? Is this really going to make books and research materials more accessible to everyone? What's your take on the issue?
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