Hannah Gomez 
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Re: “Loving Our Libraries: Stop HB 2379

@Arthur, ebooks cost libraries huge amounts of money and are not at all economical. They also present a challenge because many library users don't know that ebooks are already available through most public libraries and they don't know how to access them, which means libraries need to dedicate even more staff time and money to training patrons on them. And the cost of ebook collections (and even collection development itself) is prohibitive, because publishers are levying ridiculous restrictions on checkout periods, lifespan of books, and even whether frontlist books are available at a reasonable time or whether you can't get them until years after publication. What might cost you $5.99 as an ebook on Amazon can cost $30 or more for a library to own the same thing. If you want to see your library get more ebooks, I strongly encourage you to write to OverDrive and the major publishers and ask them to stop treating libraries so badly when libraries have been so good to them for decades.

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Posted by Hannah Gomez on 02/03/2014 at 5:36 PM

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