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Posted 23 November 2011 - 09:53 AM

Penguin Suspends E-Book Availability to Libraries

Penguin Book Group said it would “delay the availability” of new e-books to libraries because of security concerns.

Penguin joins Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and the Hachette Book Group, all major publishers who do not make new titles in digital form available to libraries....

Librarians reacted angrily to Penguin’s announcement, questioning the reason for the pullback. “You don’t have to work with libraries, but if you’re not going to, at least give us a reason that isn’t insulting to our intelligence,” Kate Sheehan, the open source implementation coordinator for Bibliomation, a consortium of public and school libraries in Connecticut, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday.

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