First major bookless library opens in the US

San Antonio to trial eBook library using physical eReaders

With eBooks like the Nook Simple Touch and the Kindle Fire HD fast becoming the main sources for literature one library in Texas is embracing the digital age

A bookless library is to open in San Antonio, Texas where the public will be able to load eBooks onto an eReader, take it home and then return it within the load period.

The library has come up with a clever system which stops the tablets becoming targets for theft. Once the loan period expires the eReader becomes unusable making it pointless to keep.

The 'library' has been designed to follow the same themes as Apple's stores around the world with an open-plan design and the emphasis on making the place feel inviting and relaxed.

Initially championed by Judge Nelson Wolff the scheme has finally become a reality after he became sure they would have a failsafe system for lending out the eReaders.

"We do have your name, we do have your address. You check it out for two weeks, just like a library book. In two weeks, your e-book goes dead, so you won't have anything worth keeping."

This isn't the first time a bookless library has opened but it's certainly one of the largest examples and Wolff hopes it will be a starting point for future Bibliotechs to open.

Source: Engadget