I just love, love, love Nathan Bransford’s Blog! A former literary agent, current social media manager and author of the Jacob Wonderbar Series, Bransford’s posts are timely and informative. A recent topic of his struck a cord with me. What Roles Should Libraries Have in an Electronic World? As some of you know, I adore a good library and have since I was a child. There’s something magical about being surrounded by so many words. Adventures. Ideas. Knowledge. Power. Don’t get me started on the musty, and yes, once again, magical aroma of a library book. Where has that book been? What has it seen? Who has it inspired and to what end?
Cynics would say, “You don’t want to know where it’s been, how many grimy mitts have held it, or how many people didn’t buy it!”
When I decided to try my hand at this writer stuff, I had to reexamine my stance on the beloved library. I, like many of my writer friends, desire a successful career as an author. We may all define success differently, however in order to be successful you must sell some books. This was my conclusion.
The library lets you take books home for a time without payment, but the book was purchased by the library.
The library… Breeds readers. Provides opportunity for readers to explore new authors work. Sparks interests. Spreads knowledge. Promotes literacy. Promotes community. All positive things for society and authors.
As for the future, libraries will continue to be relevant in our culture. They will, like all other arms of the industry have to grow and adapt to the electronic age. Some have already made e-readers available for check-out or e-books available for a limited time upload.
I’m curious about your thoughts on the subject. Share away.
Megan Mitcham, Author