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Edmonton Public Library demands publishers lower e-book fees

“Edmonton Public Library is struggling to keep up with the demand and cost of e-books. It’s now joining other Canadian libraries in pleading with publishers to lower e-book fees. EPL pays up to five times more per e-book than private buyers do, and they have to re-purchase digital copies after a certain number of uses. Nevertheless, EPL and other libraries are bound by the same lending rules and fees for e-books and hard copies alike.” (via CBC News)

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Tim Tierney’s call for ‘fair’ e-book prices for libraries adopted by FCM

“Canadian municipalities are asking the federal government to find ways to bring down e-book prices for their public libraries, a move led by an Ottawa councillor. The chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Tim Tierney, put forward a resolution at a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities last week calling on the federal government to investigate the publishing industry’s “restrictive” practice of charging public libraries more for electronic versions of books and magazines.” (via CBC News)

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Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children

“Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children.” (via NYPL)

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Hoopla Announces Deal with Ingram

“Library service provider Hoopla Digital today announced a new agreement with Ingram through which publishers working with Ingram’s CoreSource Plus digital distribution service can offer public library patrons instant access to their titles via hoopla digital’s app and online service. Officials at hoopla say that inclusion of CoreSource titles will significantly broaden their catalog of more than 400,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics.” (via PW)

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92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

“If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.” Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.” (via LA Times)

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