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Having trouble checking out an e-book at your local library?

A new study by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has found that libraries are having "an inability to guarantee library user access to otherwise commercially available e-books with reasonable pricing and acceptable use conditions."

Because e-books come with terms and conditions regarding how and where they can be used and distributed, libraries don't have the same freedom with e-books as they do with traditional print books. The report continues, "Libraries continue to have to deal with imposed and inflexible terms and conditions, some of which impede legislated copyright exceptions."

The report goes on to stress the importance of e-books to libraries' futures. It ends by saying, "Now more than ever, libraries must advocate on behalf of their users and communities for universal access to information for all, irrespective of content format or restrictive business practices."

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