This library without books might be the library of the future.

Library budgets might be shrinking, but digital libraries like this one are on the rise.

Can you imagine spending a day without going online?

According to Pew Research, 84% of American adults use the internet daily. And while most people have access to the internet at home, many others rely on libraries to get connected.

That’s why “libraries without books” are slowly on the rise all over the country.

Book-less libraries, which are all about online resources, have been popping up all over the country in the past year, as many traditional libraries are forced to close their doors.

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Millions are about to have access to free e-books. Thanks, Obama.

Major publishers came together to make more than $250 million in books available for free.

What was your favorite book growing up?

Was it a classic like "The Secret Garden," "The Phantom Tollbooth," or "Stuart Little"? Or maybe something with a bit of mystery like "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" or something from the "Hardy Boys" series? Or maybe it was something else altogether.

Most of us can probably think back to our childhoods and remember a book or two that fueled a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge — a book with near-magical qualities, a book that quite literally changed your life.

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Libraries have limited resources and staffing to cull through anything but what the major publishers bring to them (let's face it, it saves them time). But self-publishing and indie authors are starting to yield some significant hits, and helping libraries surface those is a huge service.

I'm a big fan of this Kickstarter, which creates a program to do just that with the flagship Santa Clara County Library system and hopefully every library in the U.S. after that.

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