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Friday, November 16, 2012 9:07 PM

Libraries, publishers dispute e-books policy

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

Signaling a new chapter in how libraries are used, it has become commonplace to see readers clutching Nooks, iPads and other mobile devices entering the Ottawa Library in search of the latest e-book, a local library official said.

Some Ottawa Library patrons, however, are leaving without the coveted best-sellers they craved because six large publishing houses — Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Random House and Penguin Group — have decided not to make some popular e-books available to libraries, while charging libraries exorbitant fees for other top-shelf selections, the State Library of Kansas in Topeka has told The Associated Press.

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