Private Tutor Prefers ‘Real’ Books – Shock/horror!
Checking Freshly Pressed blogs is a great break from being a private tutor – a no stress, no pressure way of spending quality time.
Recently I read a ‘Book Peeps’ Freshly Pressed post – ‘Here it comes:The Bookless Library (Sooner than I expected)’. What a thoughtful piece of writing it was. I clicked ‘follow’ faster than a ferret down a rabbit hole, hoping for more goodies in the future.
In May 2012 I was joined on this blogging journey by Professor Serendipity- not his real name (of course!) but a real Englsh university professor nonetheless. Now in his mid 80′s he retired from university lecturing several years ago but still keeps his hand in lecturing to societies, etc.
Prof. Serendip. is a Classics lecturer whohas had books published over the course of his career, translating from Ancient Greek to English. Lately he has found his books disappearing from library shelves. Further investigation found that it was not only his books that libraries took umbrage to but all kinds of books were vanishing from library shelving and ending up in skips/dumpsters.
As a life-long bibliophile he took to tracking down some of these fast disappearing books and wrote about them on this blog (May – October). I am afraid it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. All the books he highlights will never be digitized, they will simply be lost to society. ‘Book Peeps’ post about a ‘digital-only’ library highlights an amazing project but will readers/researchers be able to access Prof. Serendip’s books? No – they won’t.
No Digitization = No Access
How many books will NOT be digitized is, in my opinion, a more pertinent question than how many will.
While giving a private English tuition lesson recently I was offered use of an iPad. I replied, ‘No thank you. I have brought the book with me’. May it always be so.