The academic textbook market has been resisting the change from print to digital for a long time. Apple has been moving toward a model for textbooks that may change the playing field. It confirmed a e-textbook publishing event that could start to get traction now that there is a digital publishing model for music and books.
From a librarians perspective, Apple’s textbooks business venture will further enhance the library as a collaborative and individual space. Students of the future will use their e-reader textbook along with a variety of traditional formats for learning. The e-textbook will free up space for storage, but it will also enable new kinds of sharing not seen today, but on the horizon for tomorrow.
In “the Rise of the New Groupthink,” Susan Kane explores the need for solitude in the creative process. From a librarians perspective, the library will not vanish once we have e-textbooks. No, “concentrating the mind on the tasks in hand, and preventing the dissipation of energy on unrelated tasks” is required regardless of the tools you use. The library has a strong role to play for anyone who needs to expand their knowledge and create a world that is honest, strong and supportive.