Nigerian Librarians Argue for Paperback over E-Books

In stark contrast to U.S. librarians who have generally been supportive of efforts to provide access to e-books for library patrons, librarians in Nigeria are making arguments against mass adoption of e-books.

According to Victoria Okojie in, registrar of the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria, “In developed countries like the US and Britain their libraries are well established. It is because in Nigeria we do not have current books on our shelves but e-books should only play a complimentary role.”

The argument is that if e-books take off in Nigeria, the library itself — by its nature a bricks-and-mortar establishment — will die in the country.



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