Cushing Academy, a private boarding school in Ashburnham, Mass., last summer began getting rid of most of its library's books. In their place: a fully digital collection. Library watchers say it could be the first school library, public or private, to forsake ink and paper in favor of eBooks, USA Today reports. It also represents the first time a school has placed its students' intellectual lives so fully into the hands of a few online publishers and makers of electronic devices. In the past few years, school officials explain, the old library was in danger of becoming a relic. Its...

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