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Libraries Grappling with Cost of E-Books


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Lynchburg, VA- Libraries across the country are wrestling with how to feed the growing demand for e-books without breaking the bank.

Libraries pay to lease the e-books from an outside company and sign a contract for the service. And it doesn't come cheap. The Lynchburg Public Library System pays about $5,000 a year to offer e-books. They offset the cost by pooling their funds with other local libraries and donations.

The Lynchburg Library Director says the biggest challenges now are the publishers of e-books. Publishers will sometimes hold back on some popular titles to save sales.

"You as an individual can buy an e-book, but they won't sell them to the libraries. We can't offer as many things as we would like to, because they are not available to us by the publishers decision. Some are jacking up the prices," said Lynn Dodge.

The Lynchburg Public Library System says about a 1,000 people have registered to use the e-book service. They expect demand for e-books to pick up this summer.

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