The “cost differential is staggering.” Sen. Hwang addresses eBook disparities

December 18, 2023

‘Tens of thousands down the drain’: CT officials aim for first-in-the-nation action to address eBook costs

Hartford Courant

Connecticut libraries spend millions of taxpayer dollars a year leasing audio and eBooks for digital collections.

But unlike the physical books that stay on the shelves, most digital titles, librarians say, will disappear after two years.

They want that changed.

Sen. Tony Hwang said library eBook licensing boils down to a consumer protection issue.

“That cost differential is staggering,” Hwang said. “This is a state contract law. We are looking at consumer protection, and we’re going that angle.”