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Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
Ebooks: a sketch for early 2010
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  • 1. Electronic books and the liberal arts campus: an early 2010 survey<br />Bryan Alexander<br />National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education<br />
  • 2. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/02/12/eread-economic-report-president<br />
  • 3. Plan for today’s session<br />E-book readers<br />E-books<br />Ecosystems and decisions<br />Upcoming in 2010<br />Throughout: campus cases<br />
  • 4. 1. e-book readers <br />
  • 5. Plus multipurpose devicesused for reading<br />
  • 6. Advantages<br />Example of Kindle<br />Cost savings per book<br />Weight savings<br />Subscription updates<br />Dictionary <br />Public domain and other texts by cable<br />Green (less paper)<br />Greater purchasing of books<br />E-ink<br />
  • 7. Problems so far<br />Continuing with the Kindle:<br />Limitations of device interfaces<br />Hardware cost<br />Annotation issues<br />e-book-specific:<br />DRM<br />Title availability<br />Visual quality<br />Multimedia<br />Sharing limitations<br />
  • 8. 2. e-books<br />History: back to the 1970s<br />Campus history: e-reserves<br />
  • 9. File formats<br />txt, html, pdf<br />Epub<br />Kindle (.azw)<br />Fictionbook, Mobipocket<br />Microsoft Reader (.lit)<br />
  • 10. ePub example (EPUBReader Firefox plugin)<br />
  • 11. File formats<br />Greater interactivity:<br />Wikis<br />Multimedia (Nook, Vook)<br />http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/04/penguins-ipad-formatted-books-shown-off-making-waves/<br />
  • 12. Major e-book projects<br />Humanities E-Book 2,200<br />Internet Archive “over 30,000 free ebooks”<br />Project Gutenberg “1,893,588 texts”<br />Connexionsdepends on definition<br />
  • 13. Humanities E-Book (HEB)<br />
  • 14. Internet Archive texts<br />
  • 15. Internet Archive texts<br />
  • 16. Project Gutenberg<br />
  • 17. Project Gutenberg<br />
  • 18. Connexions<br />
  • 19. …and Google Books, depending<br />
  • 20. E-reader applications<br />Examples: <br />Stanza (pictured) <br />Calibre<br />EPUBReader (Firefox plugin)<br />Microsoft Reader<br />
  • 21. Ebook advantages<br />Greener<br />Interactivity, multimedia affordances<br />Faster publication cycle<br />Lower cost<br />Flexible presentation (font, etc)<br />
  • 22. Ebook disadvantages<br />Users uncomfortable with digital<br />Publishers’ nerves with copyright<br />Multimedia costs<br />Wiki problems<br />
  • 23. 3. Ecosystems and decisions<br />Combining devices, format, services, and business model<br />Kindle: Amazon store<br />Nook: Barnes and Noble store<br />iPad: iTunes book section<br />
  • 24. Integration with other media<br />Text -> podcast (Gutenberg->Librivox)<br />
  • 25. Campus decision points<br />File format<br />Device tie-in<br />For free or fee?<br />(http://www.laits.utexas.edu/fi/)<br />
  • 26. Campus points of implementation<br />Library building (Fairleigh Dickinson)<br />Campus bookstore<br />Library portal<br />Courseware<br />Open Web<br />http://web.mit.edu/viz/EM/flash/E&M_Master/E&M.swf<br />
  • 27. 4. Looking ahead in 2010<br />Vendors expanding market<br />Format expansion and experimentation<br />More academic examples described<br />
  • 28. Much riding on the iPad and tablets<br />
  • 29. Your turn<br />Are you seeing ebooks already on campus?<br />
  • 30. Your turn<br />What ebook implementations (if any) do you foresee for 2010?<br />
  • 31. More resources<br />ELI, 7 Things You Need to Know About E-books, http://www.educause.edu/ELI/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutEBook/156823<br />“, “ “ “ “ “ “ “ e-readers, http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutERead/200539<br />Trina Marmarelli, Martin Ringle, “The Reed College Kindle Study” http://web.reed.edu/cis/about/kindle_pilot/Reed_Kindle_report.pdf<br />
  • 32. Sources for free ebooks<br />Internet Text Archive, http://www.archive.org/details/texts<br />Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/<br />HEB (if your campus subscribes), http://www.humanitiesebook.org/<br />Connexions, http://cnx.org/<br />Online Books Page (Penn), http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/<br />BookBoon, http://bookboon.com/us/student/info/about<br />
  • 33. Even more resources<br />NITLE blog, Techne<br />http://blogs.nitle.org<br />Horizon Report<br />http://www.nmc.org/horizon<br />Bryan’s research Twitter<br />http://twitter.com/bryanalexander<br />

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