Kansas libraries lead way in e-book access

Kansan.com – “More e-books are available in libraries this year than ever before, and Kansas libraries are leading an effort to keep them there. Nationwide, 82 percent of public libraries across the country offered e-books in 2011, up 10 percent from last year, according to a survey published by Library Journal. Academic libraries saw a more modest increase of one percent, with 95 percent in the nation offering e-books. But with that increase, some libraries have seen the terms of their contracts with publishers change radically, raising the question of whether the libraries are purchasing ownership of the books, or merely renting them for the period of the contract. The State Library of Kansas recently decided to change vendors when prices spiked and the terms of ownership changed in a proposed contract renewal with OverDrive, a national e-book distributor. Jo Budler, the state librarian, balked at those changes and decided to let that contract expire in December. From then on, the state library will contract with 3M for its e-books and with Recorded Books for audio books.”

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