I’m probably behind the times on this, but I just saw an ad for a Blu-ray/DVD movie and wondered how many libraries have started buying these combination discs. I couldn’t find any at my library and from discussions on various listservs I know that many libraries aren’t buying Blu-rays because while Blu-ray players are backwards compatible and can play DVDs, standard DVD players can’t play Blu-rays.
That means that we aren’t giving some of our patrons their preferred format. You might assume that people with Blu-ray players are wealthier and will just buy their own Blu-ray movies. But that creates more manufactured products which is never environmentally sound. Shouldn’t we strive to let all our patrons be as green as possible? If we buy the combos, everyone gets their preferred format, and oddly, these combo movies are sometimes even cheaper than the standard DVD version – as these two versions of Up at Amazon are.
Do you already carry Blu-rays at your library? Or are you buying the Blu-ray/DVD combinations? Are there any pitfalls I’m overlooking?