Access to eBooks: Challenges Facing Libraries and Publishers

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Providing cost-effective access to eBooks is a central concern of Minnesota’s libraries. The barriers to providing access to eContent collections varies by type of library, and is driven, at least in part, by a tension between the practices of publishers designed to increase sales and the desire of libraries to provide access to content of high interest and/or need to patrons. Additionally, companies use digital rights management (DRM) to restrict certain book formats to work with specific devices, forcing libraries to purchase a single title in multiple formats. This session will explore the challenges facing academic, public and K-12 libraries. Participants will emerge with a deeper understanding of the shared barriers to increasing cost-effective access to eContent and learn about the groundbreaking work of the ReadersFirst initiative.

Presenter: Jamie LaRue, LaRue and Associates Consulting

Who Should Attend?

Webinars are open to all public, academic, K-12, and special librarians, and anyone else with an interest in the future of eBooks in Minnesota.