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Kansas State Library objects to e-book policies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The State Library of Kansas is using Facebook to complain about major publishers' policies regarding e-books at libraries.

Library officials contend that six large publishing firms refuse to sell some titles as e-books to libraries, or charge higher rates for popular books.

State librarian Jo Budler told The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/T1GroT) ) the library needed to explain to the public why some popular books are not available as e-books. Some of the e-books not available include "Harry Potter," and "The Signal and the Noise" by political forecaster Nate Silver.

The Facebook page also lists e-books that are available to libraries, but at prices up to $85 a copy.

The site names publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster; and Random House and Penguin Group, which are merging their operations.