Later this year an all-digital library will open in Bexar County, Texas. It will have 100 e-readers available for lending and an e-book collection of over 10,000 titles. Staff will also teach basic computer skills.
The arguments against an all-digital library are many: "Many of the libraries that are currently providing e-books to their communities have to purchase them on a subscription basis--one bad fiscal year and their collection is gone."
In other words, there's no agreed-upon model for providing e-books to libraries. What arrangements that exist are tentative at best. Aside from such practicalities, even many so-called "digital natives" may not welcome the future embodied by BiblioTech. A recent Pew survey of Americans under age 30 found that they are still as likely as older Americans to read paper books and that they're more likely than older Americans to spend time in the library, as opposed to going just to get books and DVDs and leave. Younger Americans identified the library as a place to read, to study and spend time with friends. Think about it: does anyone really hang out in their local Apple store?