Having a librarian ask what a book is may make you do a double-take, but really, what is a book? Many hundreds of years ago it meant a scroll. Slightly more recently, it meant a hand-written, illuminated manuscript on vellum. Right now, the Marysville library is filled with printed, bound paper items that just about everybody agrees can be called books.
But what about the audio versions on CD’s of those printed books that also fill our shelves? Instead of reading the book, people listen to them - which can be a boon on car trips and for otherwise intelligent people with poor reading skills. I think they’re books, but one time I heard that a teacher was mad at a librarian for encouraging students to listen to audio books because she didn't think they counted as books.
Then the Sno-Isle system has so-called eBooks that aren’t attached to a physical item at all. If you follow our website (http://www.sno-isle.org) to the Research Tools/Databases page, you’ll see links to databases and eBooks. You can research or read all about your area of interest while never leaving your closest link to the Internet. Do those count as books?
Finally, Sno-Isle has a whole collection of downloadable audio books that you can listen to on your computer or favorite MP3 player. Just follow our website (http://www.sno-isle.org) to the Books/Overdrive digital media page for a complete listing. You can check them out, put holds on your favorites, listen, renew them, and even have them returned without ever touching anything from the library.
So if you don’t have to trek for miles through snow and ice and dark of night to unroll your favorite scroll at the library, is it still a book? What makes it a book or not a book?