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Making the Most of Your E-Books: Simple Conversion Techniques

Proposal No: 284

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Length of Session (in hours): 1Format: Lecture Expertise Level: Not providedType of session: General Conference

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E-Book DRM and the chaos of multiple formats can limit reading, especially for people with disabilities, who may have e-book readers with specialized features they need for access. This presentation surveys several e-book formats and readers and their capabilities and demonstrates free conversion t

Abstract

Depending on where you buy your e-books or what e-reader you use, you may be subject to ?vendor lock-in? ? the format or method of encryption (DRM) may prevent you from using the book you purchased on your other devices or with other e-book reader software. Adobe, Apple, and Amazon each have their own encryption schemes. We also are seeing a proliferation of formats: Amazon uses AZW (encrypted KF8 or Mobi); Blio uses XPS; stores that use Adobe DRM may give you PDF or EPUB 2; disability-oriented repositories usually supply DAISY; and the situation gets more fragmented with online-only (?cloud?) books or one-off formats, especially prevalent with digital textbooks. All too often, we face a situation where DRM and format-proliferation limit reading ? especially for people with disabilities, who may have e-book readers with specialized features they need for access. This presentation surveys several formats and readers and their capabilities and demonstrates free conversion tools you can use to make your e-books more portable and accessible, while noting some of the copyright issues that may be involved.

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Ken Petri

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