Topic 25: Many people think that public libraries should only provide books and should not waste their money on expensive hi-tech media, such as softwares, DVDs or videos. Do you agree or disagree?
·电子设备占用空间更小（take up little space),更容易管理（easier to manage);电子书拷贝更容易（instantly copied),而不会磨损（wear over time),而传统书籍书页会被损坏（risk of damage on the pages);
·减少油墨、纸张还有木材的消耗（cut down on ink production,paper and lumber production);
·电子书方便读者使用（reader-friendly),其字体很容易调整（type,size and font are adjustable),而且一本书可以同时供多人阅读（shared by many people at a time);
·电子书不像普通书籍一样会断货（out of print)。
传统书籍（conventional printed book)的好处：
·对眼睛伤害不是很大（less harmful to eyes),阅读时间即便长一点，眼睛的疲劳度也比看电子书小得多（less eye strain over extended reading time);
·不需要电源和辅助阅读工具（require no power source or reading device)。
A library, generally, refers to a place storing and managing books that can be booked or borrowed In these years, there is a trend toward integrating new technologies, such as DVDs and videos, in libraries. Opponents argue that the emphasis should be placed on providing books, rather than on increasing modern equipment. Modernisation is, in my opinion, an inevitable tendency, although the enlargement of a library's reserve should not be treated lightly.
One of the main advantages of using computers or other hi-tech products is improving efficiency By recording information of books such as titles, authors, dates of publishing, or even summaries in a computer system, e-library allows readers to find a book promptly. Likewise, librarians are more able to store, seek out and manage books. Moreover, with the central network connecting libraries throughout a country or worldwide, a library user can easily locate a book in a library wherever it is.
Meanwhile, one should note that e-books have become increasingly popular, increasing the likelihood that e-library will sooner or later take the place of a conventional library. Compared with paper books, e-books not only use much less space but also give readers more enjoyment in reading For example, readers can customise their viewing experience easily by adjusting font, size and style of characters, accessing the books that have the same subject, and modifying screen contract, and so forth.E-books appeal to young users or children specifically because of its remarkable ability to demonstrate or explain a subject vividly via pictures, videos or even movies.
The importance of updating the facilities is therefore evident, but it should be stressed that the primary responsibility of libraries is to provide as many books as possible to the public. A good library is judged not by the extent to which its facilities are modernised, but by how much information it can supply. The more books the library can make available, the more visitors it can attract. At the international level, nearly every distinguished library gains its fame by providing a vast collection and a delicate selection of books.
As suggested above, the library should focus not only on the instalment of modern equipment, but also on purchasing more books . The top priority for a library is to maximise the reserve of books and make the resource available .