- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2007.
- Fraser, Bruce, and Jeff Schewe. Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4. Berkeley, Calif: Peachpit, 2009.
- Rahman, Mizanur, and Jeffrey T. Orloff. MediaWiki 1.1 Beginner's Guide Install, Manage, and Customize Your Own MediaWiki-Based Site. Birmingham, U.K.: Packt Pub, 2010.
- Buzbee, Bruce. Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic. Springville, Utah: RootsMagic, 2000.
- Stauffer, Todd. How to Do Everything with Your Web 2.0 Blog. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
- Smith, Bud E., and Michael McCallister. WordPress in Depth. Indianapolis, Ind: Que, 2010.
Some of these books are on subjects related to my blogging and also my interests in photography and scanning. They all have one thing in common, they are not available in the library. Since I purchased all these books, I now find that two of them, the Blog book and Evidence Explained have shown up in libraries.
One thing I have found is that some of the above books and many others are now being made available online in some sort of downloadable format. I really don't mind reading books on my iPhone or on an iPad, but many of the reference type books are only useful if I can look at the book and work on my computer at the same time. So having a copy on an eReader doesn't really work too well. I can run two computers at once but I don't do well running the iPhone and my computer at the same time, since they both require me to use both hands. (I have been know to operate three computers at once but that is usually when I am loading files or searching online or something doesn't take three hands).
One great boon to my use of books has been WorldCat.org. First of all, it has almost anything I can think of somewhere in its vast catalog. As a bonus it tells me if a library close to me has the book. It also tells me if the book is available in an eBook format. Finally, if all else fails, WorldCat.org links me to Amazon.com, Google.com or where ever else the book might be purchased. When I see the price of the book, I can decide whether to purchase it or try to get the book through Inter-library loan. But now, in ever increasing numbers, books are available to check out online. Archive.org has a huge selection of digitized books, but also has the OpenLibrary.org where you can check out over a million books. OpenLibrary.org is wiki and you can contribute new information or correct existing information. They are seeking to have a web page for every book ever published. Interestingly, I can find some of the books available to borrow from OpenLibrary.org that I cannot find in my local libraries.
So my use of libraries is slowly evolving. Now, I check for the book online before going to the library, especially for genealogy related books when the library's collection is rather limited. If I can find an eBook version and I am so inclined, I will read it online on my iPhone or other device. If I cannot find the book in an eBook format, I will consider purchasing the book. What has changed is that the library, rather than my major source for books, has become just another source.