Some Thoughts on the Future of Reading… Comics

Do your teens read comics online?’  Do they read independently published webcomics? Do they read digitized manga?’  How do they read them? Where do they read them?’  I might be about to start sounding like Dr. Seuss- do they read them in a box? do they read them with a fox?- but these are questions (minus the fox and box parts) we should be asking.
With the advent of technology like the iPad, with current troubles in publishing, with more and more types of content becoming available and being consumed online, the ways our patrons are accessing or might be interested in accessing digital comics is something we need to be thinking about.
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WOWhead Webcomic

Ok I’m a webcomic fanatic. You caught me. Today I came across a strip about the MMORPG game World of Warcraft. It talks about a site called WOWhead that has information about quests, equipment, and locations in wow. Its one of the only sites with this information that isn’t run by a gold farmer.

After I read the strip I realized that libraries could stand to be more like WOWhead. Your website doesn’t have to have a flashy interface. Rather its important to have content cross organized in about 4-5 different ways. This is part of what I think library 2.0 is about.

Lately we focus on providing content where teens are at, but we can’t forget that websites we have must be easy to navigate for everyone.

On a side not I’m curious what does your library call databases so that the patrons/customers/users know what they are?