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Nashville Librarians Protest High Cost of eBooks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Librarians in Nashville and across the country are joining forces show their objection to the high costs of eBooks libraries are forced to pay.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Nashville Public Library told NewsChannel5 that some publishing companies have increased the cost for libraries to purchase eBooks by 300%. The drastic increase has many protesting.

All over the country, libraries have joined together to get the attention of major publishers concerning the price hikes. They seek to reminded publishers that libraries have traditionally been a vibrant marketing tool for many publishing companies and their author's series.

Renuka Chistoph, with the Nashville Public Library said that if prices continue to remain high, the library will not be able to purchase eBooks.

A non-profit has been created to go before legislators to do something about the price hikes. Right now they are just hoping publishers will make more titles available and be reasonable when negotiating with public libraries.

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