Are they on the way out?

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As an ‘old stick in the mud’ I find the above thought (Star letters, April 13) contains a grain of truth but is contentious. The analogy with multi-screen cinemas is somewhat inappropriate. I also wonder if printed books and bookshops are on the way out what should we do with books? Burn them? If so, why are we so concerned about the future of public libraries?

In the case of Rare and Racey, I lift my pith helmet in salute to Paul Kenny’s cogent and honest letter on the subject especially as regards bringing politics into conservation and also ‘if you don’t use em you lose em’.

I don’t think the printed book will ever die out, though as local publishers, booksellers and authors know the - particularly local - book scene is not what it was.

But what is more rewarding than browsing round Waterstones on a Sunday afternoon or turning to an old and much-loved volume? Is the Internet truly the all-singing all-dancing educashinal (my mistake) tool we are told?

The real issue here is individuality and independence - something to be cherished when you have a city with a supermarket or a national chain at every corner. Regeneration? Sometimes it’s degeneration.

Ron ‘Luddite’ Clayton

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