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Publisher puts new limits on library e-books

Chicago Tribune – “The public library has long attracted avid readers with an unrivaled pitch: Check out a best-selling book for free and renew it multiple times. But as more people ditch printed books in favor of e-books that can be downloaded directly to a computer, the rules are changing.

As of Monday, HarperCollins, publisher of authors such as Anne Rice, Sarah Palin and Michael Crichton, will not allow its e-books to be checked out from a library more than 26 times. After that, the license on the e-book will expire and libraries will have to decide whether to buy a new one.”

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