Terry Deary's thoughts on libraries are typical of a mindset that wants to believe that the future simply tramples over the past, as if after the invention of the video recorder no-one ever went to the cinema again.
"Libraries have had their day. They are a Victorian idea and we are in an electronic age," Deary told the Sunderland Echo. He added: "The book is old technology and we have to move on . . ." Deary did at least have some advice for libraries, and presumably also for books: "They either have to change and adapt or they have to go."