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Leann de Leon

Leann de Leon is the Senior Vertical Manager for Higher Education, leading VitalSource’s marketing efforts in North and South America. Leann’s work at VitalSource focuses on helping institutions, instructors, and content creators deliver effective, affordable, and accessible learning materials to students.

Prior to joining VitalSource, Leann spent ten years at a large higher education publisher in a variety of roles, including sales, marketing, and program management. Her work focused on transitioning educational content from print to digital and growing market share for digital content.

Leann is a passionate advocate for the important role digital learning materials play in leveling the playing field for students with disabilities. She holds a B.S. from Emerson College and an M.B.A. from Simmons School of Management in Boston.

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eBooks changed my life. No, really.

Posted by Leann de Leon on September 22, 2017

Books Changed my Life.jpgRemember the fun of going to the library and picking out books when you were a kid, or spending a relaxing afternoon browsing your favorite bookstore? I don’t. I’ve been legally blind since birth; my vision cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. As much as I loved printed books, they never really loved me back. Trips to the bookstore and library involved finding the large print section, full of books about aging and a plethora of Danielle Steele novels….and not much else.

Until the advent of eBooks, reading for pleasure was tricky, at best. Reading for school was downright miserable. Sometimes large print textbooks were available, but often they were not. I’d exhaust my eyes and do my best to complete my reading assignments and homework, but learning from print books was a painful, and oftentimes, embarrassing experience. I relied on bulky CCTV magnifiers in library basements and an unhealthy amount of eyestrain to make it through high school and college. Then everything changed.

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