An Apple Store-like Public Library

One of my favorite things to do when I didn’t have any discretional money to spend (or really, even when I did have money to spend) was go to one of the New York Public libraries and spend a day going down every aisle browsing all the books to find a random interesting book to read (I didn’t know I wanted to read a book about cognitive therapy or an unauthorized biography of Anna Wintour until those books came before my eyes). The new Bexar County BilbioTech library is less aisle-browsing and more Apple Store (the library was inspired by Steve Jobs, according to Government Technology, and county officials have compared the digital library to an Apple Store in initial plans). If a digital library encourages more people to visit or check out books because they think it’s an Apple Store, then good—as long as they don’t throw away all their books.