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AP Looks at the State of Ebook Prices for Libraries

Susan Haigh gives the public a primer on ebook prices for libraries in “Libraries Struggle to Afford the Demand for E-books and Seek New State Laws in Fight With Publishers” for the Associated Press (AP). It states:

Librarians in several states have been pushing for legislation to rein in the costs and restrictions on electronic material, which has been growing in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrons are stuck on long waiting lists for audio and e-books, and digital offerings are limited.

This year, lawmakers in states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Hawaii and New Hampshire have proposed bills aimed at closing the affordability gap. A bill was introduced in Virginia but was tabled in February.

They face strong opposition from the publishing industry, which argues the legislation undermines intellectual property values and will harm the publishing ecosystem.

For more information, read the article.

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