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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Dispute may put a hold on e-book lending in Kansas (USA)

A contract dispute between the state library and its former provider of e-books will likely result in at least a month when the increasingly popular format will not be available at public libraries across Kansas. But Wichita is negotiating independently in an attempt to keep e-books at the ready for Wichita Public Library cardholders. A lapse in service became a possibility during contract negotiations between the state and Overdrive, a global distributor of downloadable content that is based in Cleveland. Overdrive proposed to increase its price by 700 percent over three years and force the state to relinquish ownership of the e-books it has bought for statewide use, state librarian Jo Budler said. "I was really confused and alarmed by that," she said - Kansas.com

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