Friend or Foe? Assessing EPUBs and PDFs

Presented at 11:45am in Penrose 1 on Thursday, January 1, 2023.



  • Christine Foushi, Digital Operations Manager, Content Industries
  • Andy Hector, Chief Engineer, Content Industries

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Is the struggle ACTUALLY real? What is the perception of ePubs & PDFs on your campus or organizations? What are your notable successes or struggles related to ePubs & PDFs? We will explore pain points of both and ways to help evaluate your workflow to deliver quality digital and accessible content to students.


Leave the debate at the door and we'll get down to why ePubs AND PDFs are in co-existence. Both bring pros and cons, and we will explore the myths, the legends and the reality:

Flexible or Static: Is the Struggle Real? Friend or Foe: Technology Barriers & Learning Curves. Real World: Bring your Laundry List of Pros and Cons. Bottlenecks: Remediation, creation or distribution. Million Dollar Question: What will make your life better?

We will still be friends at the end just with a little more knowledge as we head out the door.


  1. Access knoweldge -- the more you know the more you grow.
  2. Assess effective and efficient workflows & tools to create quality digital content.
  3. Meet the needs of the users.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, EPUB Track, Research, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Christine Foushi

Christine Foushi is Digital Operations Manager for Content Industries. Returning to AHG for the third year, she's excited to continue connecting and learning about the world of education and accessibility. A self-proclaimed publishing nerd, Christine is a journalist by trade, has worked within the higher education technology and publishing industry for the last 20 years. Ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all is her passion not only in her career, but within her community and personal life.

Andy Hector

Andy Hector is the chief engineer at Content Industries. He's been building custom software for 20 years, forming efficient workflows and helping make digital publishing accessible for everyone.