Wednesday, November 6 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
The time has come for eBooks, or has it?

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For many years, librarians and industry experts predicted that electronic books would surpass print books as the format of preference. The advantages that digital books provide seemed to all but guarantee the demise of print. But something happened along the way. Numerous studies during the last decade have demonstrated that print still has a place for libraries, vendors and most importantly, end users. So what’s happened – why hasn’t that time come like it has for journals? And will the ‘tipping point’ for books ever arrive?

One explanation is that eBooks have not met user expectations, but optimizing user experience when users range from students, to faculty, to librarians is a big challenge! Join us for a lively discussion about the user experience for eBooks from multiple perspectives. Gabrielle Wiersma from the University of Colorado Boulder will share unexpected findings from an eBook usability study with students and ask the audience to consider the reasons why they prefer one format over another. Then we’ll get the direct feedback from graduate students who will share their perceptions and format preferences. Finally, Leigh Beauchamp, Vice President of Product Development will discuss how ProQuest is making patrons the center of Ebook Central platform development and how eBooks are evolving to bring the most important elements of the print experience to digital book research.

The discussion will include thought provoking live polling questions and attendees should come prepared with their mobile devices - and honest opinions.

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Gabrielle Wiersma

Director of Collection Managemen, University of Colorado
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Leigh Beauchamp

VP of Product Management, ProQuest
I lead Product Management for ProQuest Ebooks. I'd love to hear from you about your experience on the Ebook Central and ProQuest platforms; your thoughts on building the best collection of Ebooks content; and what you think are the most compelling commercial models.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center