Posted on 02/28/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Connecticut has become the latest state to introduce a library ebook bill.

Publishers Weekly notes that like in other states, Connecticut lawmakers are trying to require that publishers offer ebook licenses to libraries on reasonable terms.

This bill, however, provides a “broad definition” of what its writers consider to be reasonable terms.

Specifically, that means "purchase or licensing specifications that consider publishers' business models as well as libraries' efficient use of funds in providing library services," according to the Connecticut bill's language.”

Similar bills are pending in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri; previous bills passed in Maryland and New York have been halted by courts (in the case of the former) and gubernatorial veto (in the case of the latter).

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