This morning, your library ordered a pair of NOOK Simple Touches™. We shelled out for the “glow” option, which means that library members who check out these devices will be able to read in bed–with the lights off. That’s free literature and free electricity, compliments of the good old Merc. We will require a valid credit card number as collateral against loss or damage, but hope the devices will help provide our patrons with the materials they need, especially items not in the collection but needed on short notice.
Given the historic nature of the occasion–the leaping off into uncharted electronic territory of our venerable anachronism of a library–perhaps we should engage further in the dialogue over the pluses and minuses of this new way of reading. The discussion is evidently taking place on television, a sometimes controversial medium of its own. Whether you agree with Jonathan Safran Foer or Tim O’Reilly, the verdict is clear: Foer can definitely rock a beard.