I’m surprised by the animosity and debate over this perceived conflict between e-books and libraries. Libraries all over the world are embracing this technology; as I’ve said before (and will probably say again) our purpose is to provide access to information. The medium is inconsequential. All that matters is getting the information to the patrons.
The assumptions made in the original piece demonstrate an alarming lack of understanding about what libraries really do and who benefits from them, but the response piece makes pretty short work of them, and caused me to exclaim “f*** yeah!” out loud while sitting at my desk. (Thankfully, this occurred at home and not at my desk at work.)
A longer post on the topic of e-books in libraries will certainly follow in the near future, but in the meantime, I’d be interested in hearing what other people have to say about this.