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Old 06-29-2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Should Libraries Charge for eBooks?

With tighter budgets, libraries are feeling the crunch and are being forced into cutting back on services and even closing down some of their branches. With that in mind, would you be willing to pay a yearly fee ($25~$50) to checkout ebooks, music, videos and other e-content? Fees collected would only be used to support e-content. All other library services would remain "free".

This library in New Zealand is about to go live with ebooks, but will charge patrons for the service.

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Tauranga (New Zealand) libraries are introducing eBooks into stock for borrowing and libraries manager Jill Best is expecting them to be available online from next month.

Tauranga City Libraries is in the final stages of tweaking the software that will enable people to download eBooks for a small fee.
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