Berlin conference wrestles with books or bits

solidstate writes “The question bears repeating: will the printed book be replaced by the electronic version? So it goes at a conference in Berlin, the World Library and Information Congress (held in Berlin from August 1 to 9), where more than 4,000 librarians from 125 countries are planning the library of 2015 under the banner ‘Access Point Library: Media-Information-Culture.’ An article from Deutsche Welle covers the issues. The author of the article recognizes the need for libraries to provide both print and electronic, and offers the additional realization that a library is also a meeting place for people.”

Also, News from the week-long Zimbabwe International Book Fair which ended in Harare on Saturday. At least 23 000 people went through the gates this year, compared to 17 000 last year while the number of exhibitors significantly increased from 70 last year to 185.