Reports of the Death of the Printed Word Have Been Exaggerated

Anonymous Patron writes “A short, but quotable, Article on Libraries Minister Andrew McIntosh. Speaking at the Public Library Authority Conference in Newcastle, the Minister set out the next steps in the Government’s Action Plan to raise standards in libraries.

“Reports of the death of the printed word are exaggerated. Overwhelming, the evidence shows that people like books and love reading. Book groups and city-wide reading initiatives are but two manifestations of that hunger for serious writing. And on-line booksellers, welcoming bookshops and an improving public library service, mean that people have never before had so many ways to enjoy books.