When the stacks start tumbling down.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

When the stacks start tumbling down by Richard WeisserWe have a great library system here in Coweta County Georgia. But for the first time today, I didn’t go to the library to check out a book.

I simply downloaded an E-book from the online library.

Now I know that this sort of behavior has been going on for years. But to me, it seemed somewhat sacrilegious. After all, the library has always been a more than just a building. It was a temple of knowledge.

But technology has made the Dewey Decimal System and stacks of paper books obsolete. After all, an entire library can be stored on a single server.

SO I couldn’t help but feel that I am contributing the demise of an institution that traces its roots back to ancient Babylon.

Perhaps I am just too sentimental. I’m sure that the convenience appeals to a lot of people. And the library never loses an E-Book.

But the time will come when the bricks and mortar buildings will be used for other purposes than warehousing old books.


And that’s kind of sad!


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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I know how you feel!  I still love the feel and smell of books, BUT I love the convenience of deciding at midnight I want to pick up a new book to read - and Amazon is waiting there for me, no muss, no fuss. 

Jul 14, 2014 06:57 AM #1
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Richard, I'm a huge fan of our county library system and use it at least weekly. I haven't done any E-books and I'm not sure I would unless that was the only way a book was available. I'm hoping it's a long time before the hard books are history!

Jul 14, 2014 07:03 AM #2
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Richard... I can so relate to this. The library is such a sacred place to me, though I admit I don't spend anywhere near the time in them I use to. Yet, I don't know what I'd do if they were gone. Like many from our generation, one of the most important things to me through life was to having my own home library. For much of my life I wanted a big home with library. But I ended up with condo that has books everywhere. Oh well... "I've never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

Jul 14, 2014 07:17 AM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I used to feel the same way Richard.

Then I discovered how much I love and prefer reading copy with a backlight.

I'm conditioned.

Jul 14, 2014 07:28 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My mother was a special librarian (Food and Science) and started special libraries for Green Giant, Pillsbury, Del Monte, RJR Nabisco.  We had books all over the house.  My dad was an avid reader, and I started reading at 3, and still read at least one book a week,  I do get it.  We used to go to Hawaii to get destress with a suitcase of books...Now,, it is so much easier to download them...Ron and I have a collection of art books, and those are so precious, they are better read than downloaded.  A

Jul 14, 2014 07:55 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Like brick and mortore I like paper and ink.  I like to be able to touc

Jul 14, 2014 10:09 AM #6
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

From one Book-head to an other, the library will always be one of my favorite places to spend some quality me-time. I love the convenience of ebooks, but also hope that the physical libraries with real paper books will remain.

Jul 14, 2014 11:12 PM #7
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