New state legislation is aiming to make it easier for library patrons to access popular books in electronic form.
“An Act Concerning a State-wide Platform for Distribution of Electronic Books” (P.A. 14-82) authorizes the Connecticut State Library to set up a system-wide platform of distributing e-books to libraries.
A Department of Consumer Protection study last year found that while most state libraries offered some e-books to patrons, many of the most popular titles were either not available or only at prices above consumer price. Act 14-82 stipulates consistent availability statewide as well as fair pricing for libraries, enabling them to provide more titles.