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Penguin suspends library e-books, citing security

8:13 PM, Nov 21, 2011   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Library patrons hoping to borrow e-books published by Penguin may have to wait.

Citing security concerns, Penguin Group (USA) announced Monday it has suspended the availability of new e-books to libraries.

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell, "The Pillars of the Earth" writer Ken Follett and biographer Ron Chernow are among Penguin's many authors. Hardcovers and paperbacks aren't affected by Penguin's decision.

Publishers have been wary of allowing libraries to loan e-books over worries about lost sales.

Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have yet to make e-books available to libraries. HarperCollins has restricted e-books, a policy that angered librarians when announced last year.

The Associated Press

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