San Antonio’s Bookless Public Library Takes A Page Out Of Apple’s Playbook

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    San Antonio’s Bookless Public Library Takes A Page Out Of Apple’s Playbook



    Want to know what a library created by Apple might look like?

    A public library in San Antonio, called BiblioTech, has become the U.S.’s first bookless public library — letting patrons check out five e-books at a time either on their home devices, or using the tablets or one of the 48 iMac computers featured in the Apple Store-inspired library.

    Founder Nelson Wolff, a former mayor of San Antonio, claims he was inspired after reading Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography of Steve Jobs, and the speed at which the late Apple co-founder was able to introduce new products.

    Within a year, Wolff (who is in his seventies) managed to launch the library in poor part of San Antonio with limited Internet service. Initially there were 10,000 e-books available — which has since increased to 20,000.

    Wolff says that he hopes to bolster the collection with an addition 10,000 e-books every month.





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    How is this financed? Public, private or user payer?
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    Thanks for the info but it's not quite clear although it seems that users read for free just like in any library that caters to ebooks.

    Just a note of interest. They say that BiblioTech is derived from the Spanish "bibliotheca" but actually the wordplay is better when used from the French "bibliothèque" which pronounces exactly like BiblioTech and means "library"...
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