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Forbes Removes Article Saying Libraries Should Be Replaced by Amazon

An Amazon bookstore is seen in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2018. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

An Amazon bookstore is seen in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2018. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Public libraries should be replaced by Amazon stores, argued Panos Mourdoukoutas in an article published on Forbes’ website Saturday — and removed on Monday.

“At the core, Amazon has provided something better than a local library without the tax fees,” wrote Mourdoukoutas, an economics professor at Long Island University-Post. “This is why Amazon should replace local libraries. The move would save taxpayers money and enhance the stockholder value of Amazon all in one fell swoop.”

At Gizmodo, journalist Tom McKay pointed out a few flaws in the professor’s case, noting, “Mourdoukoutas writes that the government should stop funding libraries in part to save taxpayers a vague (and within the article, never quantified) amount of money.” He also took apart its logic, noting in part, “Amazon does not have an ‘online library.’ It has an store. These are entirely different ways of providing access to things.”

On Twitter, users wasted no time defending the purpose of public libraries:

Read the full story on LATimes.com.