The Bexar County Bibliotech all-digital library has passed another milestone on its way to a grand opening in September, receiving its official accreditation.
The librarians have spoken. This all-digital library is up to scratch and will open in September.
But the hastily written obituaries left out some important facts. To begin with, B. & N.’s retail business still makes good money, and, though its sales fell last year, its profits actually rose.
Well….losing your only major chain competitor and getting to see the biggest reading phenomenon of our lifetimes can cover over some warts. But they are still there.
In 2003, Spain was one of three EU nations (together with Portugal and Greece) with the lowest average number of regular readers: just 47 per cent (compared to 70 per cent in Scandinavia and the UK) said they read at least one book a year. Now, though, that figure has risen to nearly 60 per cent.
That is an impressive increasein just ten years.
If three-quarters of an undefined survey group likes paper but a majority of the actual customer base likes digital, what are the chances that most of that 75% don’t buy very many books in the first place?
I’d say it’s pretty good.
So would I.
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