La giovane critica Claire Barliant parla dell'importanza del "libro accanto a un altro libro" nelle ricerche accademiche. E quindi dell'importanza del libro cartaceo e delle biblioteche aperte. Ecco quel che dice Barliant, "A few months ago I was talking about research with a friend who is an academic. I told her I’d found a crucial text at the library: it was adjacent to the book I’d gone there to find. “Yes,” she concurred, “it’s never the book you want, it’s the book beside the book.” ... I’m sure some people think of browsing as an invitation to distraction, but I like to think of it an intellectual stroll. Some paths lead to meaningless cul-de-sacs, others to revelations". newyorker.