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  • Ebooks history actually quite long. This timeline ends in the summer of 2010, but much has happened since then. Got permission from Diesel ebooks to put this in my presentation.
  • Kindle – full keyboard, tightly integrated w/Amazon, easy book purchase, available w/wi-fi, will soon be compatible with library lending, most popular in educationSony – touch screen, uses standard ebook format, no wi-fiNook – Barnes & Noble, uses standard ebook format, available in colorDozens of others
  • Kindle (most popular in Education), SonyeReader, Nook (Barnes and Noble)Several others available.Books can be read on iPad, iPod touch and Android. This presentation focuses on single use ereaders.
  • According to the Association of American Publishers - eBooks top format “among all categories of trade publishing” in FebruarySales totaled $90.3 million – Up 202 percent from February 2010
  • A lot of interest across nation. Several pilot programs. Keeping eye on ebook prices. Kindle best known in education. Buffy Hamilton, librarian at Creekview HS, started lending program 2010. She is author of The Unquiet Librarian blog.
  • Lending to home or school for 1 week. Demo by teacher before checkout, tutorials available. Students must complete survey when return Kindle. Can also participate in optional video. Much more info at
  • Very positive responses from students.
  • From Buffy Hamilton’s blog “The Unquiet Librarian” in March 2011. Students especially liked the convenience aspect. Also liked that they were given input into what books should be available to them.
  • Biggest complaint – quick battery drain, especially if left on. Needs more light. Students forget to turn in all accessories, so would rather check out without power supply. Want 2 week check out.
  • “A Kindle Program of Their Own: Second graders try out ereaders."Improved comprehension by asking themselves questions while reading, selected text to share!
  • Students particularly loved storing so many books on a small device.
  • Ereader is not hero! It’s the digital text that makes the difference.
  • From eReadia , How Larger Font Size Impacts Reading and the Implications for Educational Use of Digital Text Readers by William, E. DeLamater, M.Ed.Offers variable text size, self adjustment
  • Start up cost of purchasing ereaders is expensive. Which to choose? Not all books are available. eReaders can break easily if dropped.
  • Previously, only ebooks with epub format could be checked out from library.
  • Allows borrowing shareable ebooks for Nook and Kindle. Free. Can search for books and filter the search. Can request and borrow up to 3 books at a time. Each book is 1 credit. Request expires after 48 hours. Books automatically return after 14 days and 1 credit is given back.
  • Harper Collins ebook lending for libraries – loan 26 times. ALA published position statement. Libraries say 26 times too low and will restrict ebook purchasing. According to NYT, 66% of libraries provide ebooks for free. ALA convened two task forces.
  • Tracked progress of Kindle club participants. Students read so many more books on Kindle. Like it more than print books. “More fun” to read on Kindle. District working to bring ereaders to elementary schools with grant money. Very positive response from students.
  • Many benefits for students with disabilities. Lotta Larson, Asst. Professor - Built in dictionary for pronunciation and chunking as well as definitions. Fluency tool. Helps kids with dyslexia. No stigma – kids like to use technology.
  • With so many budget cuts, may not be able to purchase ereaders. Alternative ideas for reading books digitally.
  • Non profit started by former Amazon executive that distributes ebooks to developing nations.
  • Just a few sites for free books. Project Gutenberg - Can download over 33,000 books in various formats including Epub, Kindle, HTML. All free, copyright has expired. Also has mobile site.
  • One source of e-Textbooks is cK-12, which is a non profit organization to reduce costs of textbooks in US and around world. Uses a format called FlexBook. Aligned with state standards.
  • Calibre is a ebook management company. Free software that can convert files to ebook formats (ePub and Mobi). With Calibre, students can not only read digitally, but can publish digitally. Students can adjust text size if file is run through Calibre. Teachers can convert course materials to the two major ebook platforms so students can read on ereader. School Library Monthly Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer opportunity to self publish ebooks. Smashwords is another e publishing site. Amazon will be receiving Smashword titles in fall 2011.
  • Chris Edwards is SS teacher in Fishers, IN. Likes using ebook for student research project, but just sees it as another tool to help kids learn.
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    • 1. Electronic Readers in Education
      Tricia Brown
      LIS 5260
      May 2011
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 2. Brief History of Electronic Books
    • 3. E-Reader Comparisons
    • 4. Popular eReaders (The Big Three)
      Amazon Kindle
      Barnes & NobleNook
      Sony e-Reader
      Photos by Tricia Brown
    • 5. eReader Sales
      Photos from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 6. Uses in School Libraries
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 7. Library lending - Creekview High School
      Courtesy “The Unquiet Librarian”
    • 8. Project Update
      “We are nearly four months into our Kindle circulation program here at TheUnquiet Library, and I’m delighted to report that so far, the program is a success.”– Buffy Hamilton
      Courtesy “The Unquiet Librarian”
    • 9. Student Likes
      Courtesy “The Unquiet Librarian”
      Photo from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 10. Suggestions
      Courtesy “The Unquiet Librarian”
    • 11. Classroom Uses - Literature groups
      Seneca (IL) Grade School
      Kindle Pilot Program
      2nd graders, groups of 5
      Change font size, highlighted text
      Spearheaded by librarian
      “What a positive way to make kids feel they are responsible for their own learning.” DawnStuedemann, teacher (Barack)
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 12. Benefits of using e-readers
      Built-in dictionaries and note taking
      Cheaper Cost per Book
      Motivate Students to Read More
      Content available 24/7
      Lots of books on single slim device
      Save Money and Help the Environment
      No Trees used to make paper
      Adjustable Text Size
      Less Waste
    • 13. Clearwater High School
      School Year 2010 – 2011
      Entire student body provided
      with Kindle ereaders
      Programmed with over 100
      novels and local paper access
      1st in nation to offer program
    • 14. Clearwater HS Savings Breakdown
      $117 per Kindle – Save $120/student book costs
      Additional $500/student – Access to over 100 novels
      Total Savings per student - $620
      Image from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 15. Digital Text - Real Hero
      Image from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 16. “Offering students an opportunity to select an optimal font size for reading takes advantage of the research base that demonstrates reading rates improve for all readers when text size is increased and crowding is decreased.” (DeLamater)
    • 17. Hurdles to Overcome
      Initial Cost
      Cross PlatformCompatibility
      Multiple File Formats
      Not all books are digitized
      Device Durability
    • 18. Lending
    • 19. Lend Ink –
    • 20. Harper Collins
      “As libraries cope with stagnant or decreased budgets, the recent decision by publisher HarperCollins to restrict the lending of e-books to a limited number of circulations per copy threatens libraries' ability to provide their users with access to information."– ALA response on March 15, 2011 (Book Browse)
      Image from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 21. Resources for librarians and teachers
    • 22. Reluctant Readers
      Chambersburg Area Middle School
      6th grade boy’s Kindle Reading Club
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 23. Results
      “I can attest that many of our reluctant readers are much more motivated to read via the Kindle than through typical print books.”, said Melissa Engel-Unruh, adding that her “gadget-centric teens have embraced the use of Kindles.” (Lovelace)
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 24. Students with Disabilities
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 25. Budget Cuts?
      Download ebooks onto classroom computer
      Online reading time in library or computer lab
      Purchase used iPod nano for ebooks
      Fundraising events
      Image from Microsoft Clip Art
    • 26.
    • 27. Free ebooks
      Project Gutenberg -
      International Children’s Digital Library
    • 28. eTextbooks
    • 29. E-Books in the Future
    • 30. “They didn’t become the focal point; they were just like any other resource.” – Chris Edwards, teacher (Scholastic)
      Photo by Tricia Brown
    • 31. Standards
      1.1.1, 1.1.2,1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.8, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.6, 2.2.1, 2.2.4,
      2.3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.1.6, 3.2.1, 3.3.1, 3.3.4, 3.4.2, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.5, 4.1.7, 4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.3.1, 4.3.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.5
      Communication Arts
      Writing 2A-B
      Information Literacy 1A-D
      Information & Communications Technology Literacy
      1A-B, 2A-B, 3A-B, 4A-D
    • 32. Works Cited - 1
      “ALA Responds to Harper Collins re limit on ebook lending, Book Browse, LLC. 15 Mar 2011, Web. 28 Apr 2011. URL:
      Allen, Kelley L. “ ’A Short History of eBooks’ Timeline According to Diesel eBooks.” Diesel. 22 Jul 2010. Web. 27 Apr 2011. URL:
      Ash, Katie. “Schools Test E-Reader Devices With Dyslexic Students.” Week Digital Directions.Editorial Projects in Education. Published Online: 15 Oct 2010. Published in Print: 20 Oct 2010. Web. 23 Apr 2011. URL:
      Barack, Lauren. “A Kindle Program of Their Own: Second graders try out ereaders, courtesy of librarian Kathy Parker.” School Library Journal, (2010, Issue 12): n. pag. Web. 24 Apr 2011. URL:
    • 33. Works Cited - 2
      Boog, Jason. “eBook Tops All Trade Publishing Categories in February.” Web Media Brands, Inc. 14 Apr 2011. Web. 21 Apr 2011. URL:
      Bosman, Julie. “Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books.” The New York Times. 14 Mar 2011. Web. 26 Apr 2011. URL:
      DeLamater, William E. How Larger Font Size Impacts Reading and the Implications for Educational Use of Digital Text Readers.eReadia LLC. 29 Apr 2010. Web. 29 Apr 2011. URL:
      Hamilton, Buffy. “On the Eve of Our Kindle Pilot Project.” 28 Oct 2010. Web. 7 Apr 2011. URL:
    • 34. Works Cited - 3
      Hamilton, Buffy. “Kindle Program Update and FAQs, March 2011.” 04 Mar 2011. Web. 20 Arp 2011. URL:
      Hopkins, Curt. “ and Amazon Bring Africa’s Libraries to the world.” ReadWriteWeb, 06 Oct 2010. Web. 27 Apr 2011. URL:
      Kansas State University. “Kindle E-reader Motivates Less-enthusiastic Readers.” Disabled World. 16 Apr 2010. Web. 05 Apr 2011. URL:
    • 35. Works Cited - 4
      Lovelace, C.J. “Chambersburg students getting hooked on Kindles.” The Herald-Mail, 01 Feb 2011. Web. 28 Apr 2011. URL:
      Pover, David. “David Pover on e-readers and his teaching days in Zimbabwe.” YouTube Video. Uploaded byworldreaders on 23 Feb 2010. Web. 27 Apr 2011. URL:
      Prest, Nerissa. “Clearwater High sees success with Kindles.” Fox Television Stations, Inc. 02 Feb 2011. Web. 24 Apr 2011. URL:
    • 36. Works Cited - 5
      Soard, Lori. “E-Book Readers in the Classroom.” Bright Hub, Inc. 27 Feb 2009. Web. 15 Apr 2011. URL:
      “Will the Kindle Change Education?” Scholastic Inc. n.d. Web. 12 Apr 2011. URL: