Connecticut Introduces Bill Mandating Publishers Sell Ebooks to Libraries
A bill has been introduced into the Conn. General Assembly that would mandate publishers sell ebooks to libraries “at the same rates as offered to the general public.”
The entire bill reads:
Referred to Committee on GENERAL LAW
REP. SEAR, 47th Dist.
AN ACT CONCERNING “E-BOOKS” AND LIBRARIES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That the general statutes be amended to require publishers of electronic books to offer such books for sale to public and academic libraries at the same rates as offered to the general public.
Statement of Purpose:
To require publishers of electronic books to offer e-books for sale to public and academic libraries at the same rates as offered to the general public.
Government has been famously involved in the ebook business in the U.S. since 2011 when there were rumblings of a Department of Justice investigation into Apple and five of the largest U.S. publishers concerning alleged ebook price-fixing and collusion. In July in the UK, the Labour party called for a task force to investigate library ebook lending.
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