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Bestselling Author Of Children’s Books Accuses Public Libraries Of Stealing His Paychecks

“Maybe there’s a scientific explanation for the sort of behavior that leads normally beloved people to suddenly veer into previously unexplored areas of misanthropy and jettison all the goodwill they’ve built up over a lifetime. It’s not necessarily just a case of “old men yelling at clouds.” The subject of this piece isn’t necessarily old (although, I admit I keep moving those particular goalposts with each passing birthday) or unnecessarily coherent. He’s just… so horribly, awfully, completely wrong. Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories line of children’s books, has a problem with libraries. Perhaps urged on by UK Publisher’s Association’s collective mental breakdown (libraries = “tawdry theft”) early last year, Deary has joined the not-really-all-that-large number of voices decrying the existence of libraries and the countless free books contained therein.”

via Techdirt

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