Seeking Better E-book Access for Libraries

As reported in Governing, Maryland Delegate Eric Luedtke of Montgomery County, plans to introduce legislation next year that would ban discriminatory business practices by book publishers when they sell e-books to public libraries.  As described,

Governing’s July cover story on the issue. . . documented the high prices (sometimes eight times the regular retail price) and new restrictions that libraries face when purchasing e-books from major publishers. . .

Luedtke’s plan follows a resolution passed in late July by the Montgomery County Council, which called on the state legislature, U.S. Congress, U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the alleged discrimination in e-book sales against libraries.

According to the article, Delegate Luedtke hopes that his legislation will at least raise public awareness and place greater pressure on publishers and federal authorities to take action.

For more information, see the full story from Governing.