State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) announced that the Ohio House of Representatives last week passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 22. The resolution urges Ohio’s Congressional Delegation to have a discussion about and find a solution to the issues public libraries have with obtaining e-books.

According to sponsor testimony heard in committee, e-book materials have become increasingly costly for public libraries to purchase, as e-book publishers often charge libraries up to ten times the price an average customer would have to pay. This initiative calls on the Ohio Congressional Delegation to discuss a solution to such a problem.

As digital books become more and more popular and print materials become out-of-date, public libraries need to have greater access to the technology in order to continue servicing their communities.

“Our public library system is essential in serving, not only the constituents of Cuyahoga County, but the rest of the country’s educational needs,” said Rep. Anielski. “Instilling a love of reading at a young age is crucial for the development of our children. S.C.R. 22 is about making sure that the quality of access exists with the heightened use of tablets and e-readers while maintaining fairness to publishers.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 22 passed the Ohio Senate and Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

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