While there has been some hang-wringing about the future of books, Clive Thompson, writing in Wired, believes that books – and more importantly reading – will survive if the printed word embraces the digital and social media revolution ("The Future of Reading," June 2009). One e-publishing veteran put Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook online with a commenting system and hired seven writers to read it and comment. Nowadays, content can go viral and foster global conversations. “Imagine a world where there’s a URL for every chapter and paragraph in a book – every sentence,” Thompson writes.
For the early-adapters among you who are already experimenting with the newest crop of e-readers, the library offers a large collection of books in digital format. See our Web site and scroll down to How To … Read an eBook.