In Defense Of Libraries

by Zoe Pollock

At the Edinburgh international book festival, novelist Jeanette Winterson opined on the importance of libraries:

What worries me is that a load of shite has been talked about digitisation as being the new Gutenberg, but the fact is that Gutenberg led to books being put in shelves, and digitisation is taking books off shelves. If you start taking books off shelves then you are only going to find what you are looking for, which does not help those who do not know what they are looking for.