eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future September 21, 2012
Stephen Abram Stephen Abram
VP of Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale-Cengage Learning

Stephen Abram, MLS, is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June. He is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning (Gale). He was Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honors and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Internet @ Schools, OneSource, Feliciter, Access, as well as writing for Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.


10 AM Eastern
Frankenbooks and the Future of eBooks: An Ongoing Challenge
Do e-books change everything or are they just the same as print? Not by a long shot. What are the opportunities and what enhancements might we expect? Is this the final straw for libraries or the biggest opportunity since the web? What are the challenges and what is coming up? Digital versions of print books are merely the first step in a major transformation of stories and learning - the equivalent of a fish growing rudimentary legs and crawling on to the beach occasionally. As someone connected to libraries, education and publishing, Stephen shares his unique perspective on what's happening now and projections for what's next. Are we ready for books that read themselves? How about sound effects? Will the video embedded page challenge our preservation and collection systems? The innovations and creativity coming up in the next decade will bedevil the imagination.