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When Renovating a Library Means Ditching the Books

A Massachusetts school's experiment in taking its library digital has been a rousing success


The library at Cushing Academy, a small private high school in Massachusetts, underwent an extensive renovation in 2009, and the change was more than just physical. The school sold or donated 40,000-plus books from its collection, replacing them with digital texts. Two years into the experiment, the school staff say it's been an unqualified success.

Tom Corbett, the library's executive director, told THE Journal that the school's students "needed a facility that went beyond the 'stacks' and embraced the digital future." So the school donated or sold most of its books, keeping only those—mostly art tomes and poetry collections—that weren’t available digitally or didn’t translate well to an electronic format.

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TED's "Ideas Worth Spreading" Are Heading to E-Books

Get your mind blown all over again—this time by text. Select TED talks will now be available as concise, 20,000-word e-books.


Addicted to the simple genius that is TEDTalks? The popular video lectures have helped millions around the world learn about everything from the rise of China to parenting taboos. Now the renowned clearinghouse of free knowledge and inspiration is set to make its "Ideas Worth Spreading" accessible in another format—the e-book.

According to the TED Blog, e-readers like the Kindle and iPad make it easier for information to be based on consumer wants instead of publishing company profitability margins. To that end, TEDBooks launched last week exclusively on Amazon as part of their new line of Kindle Singles books.

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