How good is the Internet?

February 12, 2008

While reading Chapter 6, Wikinomics talks a lot about online libraries and online sources in general. I think that this is a great way to do things such as research and educate yourself. You can get millions of sources at just one sitting and you don’t have to spend any money by borrowing books, gas money, etc.

Although all of this sounds peachy keen, I often wonder about Libraries and businesses such as the Guardian. If everyone resorts to reading everything online, then there won’t be a library or new sources or even Prince Edward Island news. Authors, publishers, librarians etc will be out of jobs and we would be out of new sources and new gossip.

I personally think that we should reconsider reading everything online. While I agree that it is great for people who can’t access a Library or the Guardian, I think that reading everything online could simply cause these companies to go out of business. Anyway, this is just a thought!

-Kate 🙂

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2 Responses to “How good is the Internet?”

  1. Tasia Says:

    There will always be libraries. There will just be a different way of accessing the information, that’s all. A lot of priceless documents can be found archived in libraries around the world, and some people are willing to pay a lot for them. Just because the information in the books can now be found online for free doesn’t mean we’re just going to go and destroy this “obsolete” method of storage. What is going to change is the manner in which we use libraries. We have already seen this change evolving, with how inventory is stored regarding the materials which can be found in the library. Instead of looking through a billion little cards indicating where in the stacks to find a book, a database can find the book, author, or subject you’re looking for in seconds. Convenience is improving how we store data, but it doesn’t mean we’re going to go completely virtual. We’ll just have more computers in the libraries. Also, libraries won’t go out of business because how do libraries survive now, anyway? Besides funding from those absurd late fees… a lot of books are donated and donating help cut costs.

  2. romizuddin Says:

    Internet and the library both are combined resources create a huge endless amount of information, news, or data. Every university library linked with the internet to provide access to the students. Internet is such an incredible research tools where you can save time, and find various data. But I don’t think so that the use of internet has a bad affect to use of the library. You can get some bonus benefits to use real library. There is always someone to help you to get your desired books or information. All staffs are trained and experience and quickly help you to find what you seek.


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