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Barbara W. Tuchman
  Are books in danger?
  The conventional wisdom would say yes. After all,
more and more media--the Internet, cable television,
satellite radio, videogames--compete for our time. And
the Web in particular, with its emphasis on textual
snippets, skimming and collaborative creation, seems
ill-suited to nurture the sustained, authoritative
transmission of complex ideas that has been the
historical purview of the printed page. 
  But surprise--the conventional wisdom is wrong. Our
special report on books and the future of publishing
is brim-full of reasons to be optimistic. People are
reading more, not less. The Internet is fueling
literacy. Giving books away online increases off-line
readership. New forms of expression--wikis, networked
books--are blossoming in a digital hothouse. 


mary gavlik
chuckey-doak middle school
afton, tn 37616

You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places 
where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason
for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians. 
 Monty Python skit

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