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Bill Would Study Library Access To E-books

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The web site administered by the Connecticut State Library. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The web site administered by the Connecticut State Library. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers are calling for a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries.

The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1.

The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.

Rep. David Baram, co-chair of the General Law Committee, said he expected legislation next year to implement the study’s recommendations.

The Connecticut Library Association testified in February that some e-book publishers engage in unfair business practices with libraries.

The bill must pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to become law.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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