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Burlington County librarian fights HarperCollins’ limits on e-books

Philadelphia Inquirer – “A Burlington County librarian has become a leader in a crusade against a major publishing house that has set a limit on how many times its e-books may be borrowed from public libraries.

HarperCollins advised libraries in March that they would have to repurchase an e-book after it had been checked out 26 times, a move that has drawn widespread criticism and has cash-strapped libraries concerned about the cost of stocking the increasingly popular electronic books.

Some of the publisher’s own authors have called on it to end the policy, which the company said was necessary to keep the business viable.”

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