Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Digital Services Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University, spoke about access models for eBooks, specifically with mobile devices and dedicated eReaders. Lisa spoke about barriers to access stating that restrictive DRM, licensing, and incompatible formats are all barriers to accessibility of eBooks. Additionally, devices all have different loading options. Librarians have to understand DRM, formats, and compatibility between devices in order to assist their patrons.
Lisa suggested we visit the M-Libraries site, where librarians are sharing their knowledge about ebooks and mobile access. She also recommended a post from Stephen’s Lighthouse where he lists several sites that compare eBook readers. Continue reading