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Berkshire library to replace books with iPads

18th May 2011

A public school in Berkshire is to replace its library books with iPads in a controversial move to turn the facility into a state-of-the-art resource.

Wellington College in Crowthorne has announced that half of the 20,000 books in its main library will be replaced with touch-screen technology to save on space, with the work due to start in September and be completed by January next year.

Jane Lunnon, deputy head at Wellington College, revealed that the 10,000 books will either be redistributed across departmental libraries or simply thrown away as the school looks to adopt more modern educational methods.

'We're keen to recognise the radical shift in the way people, especially young people, are reading and learning,' she added.

Last week, research published by global analyst Gartner revealed that 52 per cent of e-reader and tablet users believe reading digital text on their device is easier than reading the printed word.

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