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