Sometimes I think it's money and the selfish self-interest that comes of it that makes some of the best ideas for all people, relatively easy to bring to life, an inconvenience to bring about. For instance, shouldn't they have invented an online library by now? This does not mean get rid of the libraries and get rid of printed books, this means making it far more easier for people to access the materials they are looking for. Why should college students have to pay for textbooks when they could get it online. The ridiculous alterations between one edition and the next is merely meant to provide the thin excuse for a student to have to buy a completely new but almost identical text book. And even with such revisions in mind, they would be far more conservative changing a few things on a computer than trashing huge numbers of books. Why should I have to walk to a library and physically check out a book that needs to be returned at a certain date or risk late fees when I could easily find that copy on the internet and use it at my comfort and leisure. There is a bad to this, though. * It further compartmentalizes society and people would have one reason less for actually needing to leave their homes. * there would be a transition from the librarians of today to the librarians of tomorrow, leading, possibly, to a number of layoffs, but at the same time, leading to the widening of another career path But in the general scope, is having the worlds resources available in such a format so bad? The good or bad in a thing is determined by the general intention and practice of the person using it or administering it. And considering that a physical library is only so big and can only house so much, it would make running a virtual library all the more attractive. We would certainly have a new type of librarian, though. One more inclined to an IT, but time changes. The libraries of tomorrow can be managed by tomorrows librarians maintaining and updating a stunning array of information. It would be bigger than the that ancient library burned down in ancient times. We always hear that knowledge and education are so important, but when you look at the physical, tangible efforts done to actually bring these things about, it's found very lacking and all that talk feels like double-talk. I think if there ever was a thing we should have had already, it's an international library online where countless texts of educational and recreational nature could be available to anyone at anytime.