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Thursday, November 7 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Comparison of Publishers with Mobile Accessibility for Ebooks

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Mobile technology has accelerated to meet the demands of users; however publishers are still behind on adapting the accessibility of their resources for mobile devices. This shift away from personal desktops to mobile devices has made it more difficult acquiring electronic resources that are specifically designed for or have been optimized to be utilized on mobile devices. Even more challenging are acquiring subscriptions to these resources that is within the allotted expenditure. And in addition to this, the publishers that are mobile-friendly either don’t offer or can have complicated site license terms.
This poster presents a comparison and analysis of ebook publishers that are mobile accessible. While some of the publishers have been able to enhance the learning experience by enabling interactive features, it might come with restrictions to copyright, limited users, high cost or poor title section. And though other publishers might have a wide title selection, the ebook might be nothing more than text on a screen.
There is much potential for mobile technology to advance cooperative collaboration within education and create a new level of freedom with learning, however cost and restrictions with accessing the electronic resources remains to be the fundamental problem. Librarians have many options to choose from, and while no one publisher is perfect, this poster will present the pros and cons associated with each publisher.

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Jean Gudenas

Head of Collections Management, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library
For the past five years, Jean Gudenas has been the Head of Collections Management for Loyola University Health Sciences Library in Maywood, Illinois. In that time, she has facilitated the transition of a largely print-based collection to a nearly all-electronic collection. Her current... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Bistro Area, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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