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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What's in a name?

Technology changes language. Who would have thought five years ago, we would add the verb “google” to our vocabulary? The centuries-old term "book" seems to be going through a transition, as well. The first definition at dictionary.com is still “a set of written, printed or blank pages fastened along one side and encased in a protective cover.” Anyone who has popped an audio book tape or CD into a car player knows better.

When paperback books became popular in the 1940s and ‘50s, there was much wringing of hands that the new format was a death knell for its hardback cousin. Any visit to a library should alleviate such fears. Hardbacks still abound, along with all the newer formats.

Libraries also now offer digital books that you can download from the Internet and read or listen to. All you need is a Fairfax County Public Library card. We’ve got bestsellers, how-to guides, business books and more  all in digital format. More information about our new downloadable recorded books is available here.

If you’ve ever checked out an e-book or a digital audio book, please leave a comment below about your experience.

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