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Kansas State Library objects to e-book policies

November 13, 2012


— The State Library of Kansas is using Facebook to complain about major publishers' policies regarding e-books at libraries.

Library officials contend that six large publishing firms refuse to sell some titles as e-books to libraries, or charge higher rates for popular books.

State librarian Jo Budler told The Wichita Eagle the library needed to explain to the public why some popular books are not available as e-books. Some of the e-books not available include "Harry Potter," and "The Signal and the Noise" by political forecaster Nate Silver.

The Facebook page also lists e-books that are available to libraries, but at prices up to $85 a copy.

The site names publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster; and Random House and Penguin Group, which are merging their operations.


optimist 5 years, 3 months ago

We aren't entitled to the author’s intellectual property. The industry is changing and consequently the pricing structure is affected. If these companies don't remain profitable they will not survive and more jobs will be lost. We can't expect to get everything for nothing and then expect jobs. Profits result in jobs and more profits usually return more jobs. Quit complaining unless there is evidence of unfair trade or collusion. Absent that we can either accept the price or forgo having some titles available at the libraries. It's just that simple.

mom_of_three 5 years, 3 months ago

Did the company not lose profits before because the library bought one hardcover book? So whats the difference between an e book? Same thing. Buy one and make it available. Why the cost hike?

somedude20 5 years, 3 months ago

E-books are much much paper cuts and no blown up heads!

Guessing that the book was written in cursive.....

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