From The Day:
The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill [HB 5477] on Wednesday that aims to lower the price of electronic books for public libraries over time by having the State Library Board set up a statewide platform for e-books.
The hope is that publishers will give better prices to the State Library Board, which would be representing all public libraries, compared to an individual library.
If the bill becomes law, it would give the State Library Board the power to create a statewide computer platform for distributing e-books to local libraries and their visitors. An e-book is a book that can be downloaded and read on computers or electronic devices such as tablets.
The program would cost $2.2 million to set up, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis. It would cost $1.1 million to write the code for the computer platform and $1 million for the initial purchase of e-books. The library board would be expected to absorb annual costs for staff and maintenance, estimated to be $100,000 in future years.
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See Also: Full Text of Bill (HB 5477)
See Also: HB 5477 Status Page
See Also: Transcript of General Law Committee Hearing about HB5477
March 11, 2014
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