Bill Would Study Library Access To E-books

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are sending the governor a bill mandating a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries.

The Senate voted Thursday, 34-0, to require 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 passed by the House earlier this month after it was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.

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

The bill must be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy before it becomes law.

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