New York economics professor argues libraries should be replaced by Amazon stores

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NEW YORK (WCMH) — According to a recent op-ed piece, a professor in New York argued that Amazon should replace local libraries. 

According to Newsday, Long Island University economics professor Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an op-ed piece published by Forbes that suggested there is no longer a need for local libraries, because people can find all the same services at different outlets in the community.

The article stated that people could host community events and local schools, streaming services have replaced video rentals, and digital downloads of books have eliminated the need for physical books.

Mourdoukoutas continues to argue that the money saved on taxes for libraries could be used to buy books on Amazon, Newsday reports. 

According to Gizmodo, Mourdoukoutas also wrote that there’s no need to go to the library to study, read or relax, because people can head to their local coffee shop to do that. 

“At the core, Amazon has provided something better than a local library without the tax fees. 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,” Mourdoukoutas op-ed stated. 

The article has since been deleted from Forbes’ website. 

Obviously, people on Twitter had a lot to say about the professor’s opinion. 

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