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Librarians: Let the E-Book Wars Commence

kindleLess than two weeks after Harper Collins incited a firestorm with news of its e-book library circulation cap, the American Library Association has thrown its hat into the ring. This week, one of the group's recently-convened electronic book task forces met in D.C. to draw up recommendations for an ALA response to stingy publishers' licenses.

Among the recommendations suggested by the (wittily-named) presidential task force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content is: "Develop a national public relations and education campaign highlighting the importance of libraries as essential access points for electronic content." That proposal reads like a direct assault on Harper Collins, which announced late last month that, starting this week, e-book licenses sold to libraries would expire after 26 loans. The news was met with dismay and anger; some librarians have even pushed for a boycott against the publishing giant.

In addition to the task forces, the ALA will be launching a new site within 10 days calling for public reaction, as well as solutions. Cue the Reading Rainbow theme song and sign us up.

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