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E-books! Will readers use Readers?
What’s an e-book? <ul><li>Electronic book - can be read: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online (not going to talk about these) </li...
Formats (Tower of eBabel) <ul><li>.epub – open format based on XML, published by the International Digital Publishing Foru...
Big Guns <ul><li>.azw – Amazon’s proprietary format, can only be read on a Kindle </li></ul><ul><li>.bbeb, or .lrf – Sony’...
Sony Reader <ul><li>First model introduced in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>3 models to date </li></ul><ul><li>Opened to epub for...
Sony, continued <ul><li>Can only buy books from Sony eBook Library (Windows only) </li></ul><ul><li>Download content to co...
Amazon Kindle <ul><li>Debuted in November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Uses same e-ink display as Sony </li></ul><ul><li>Wireles...
More on the Kindle <ul><li>Can only buy books from Amazon’s Kindle Store </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary Amazon format </li>...
Kindle 2! <ul><li>Releases today! </li></ul><ul><li>Sleek new design, more memory, more battery life, and text-to-voice ca...
CyBook by Bookeen <ul><li>Lesser known </li></ul><ul><li>No proprietary format, can’t support epub or any DRM other than ....
iRex iLiad <ul><li>3 different models ranging from small and basic to large and very sophisticated </li></ul>
More iRex <ul><li>Most expensive models </li></ul><ul><li>Has the largest screen </li></ul><ul><li>Wacom tablet technology...
Plastic Logic <ul><li>Scheduled for release early 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Full paper size (8 1/2x11) </li></ul><ul><li>Touc...
Comparisons <ul><li>Great comprehensive table from the MobileRead Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/...
Barriers for readers <ul><li>Price  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheapest Readers are around $300 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each...
E-book availability <ul><li>List of free e-book sites:  http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/free_ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>E-bo...
DRM <ul><li>Proprietary formats make it difficult to “own” e-books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t read on every device </li><...
Final Thoughts <ul><li>Very personal decision – have to find the right balance of price, convenience (dedicated Reader vs....
Bibliography <ul><li>Ebook Presentation Bibliography on Google Docs: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com/Doc?id =dds...
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  1. 1. E-books! Will readers use Readers?
  2. 2. What’s an e-book? <ul><li>Electronic book - can be read: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online (not going to talk about these) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downloaded to a device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PDA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile phone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-book Reader </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Formats (Tower of eBabel) <ul><li>.epub – open format based on XML, published by the International Digital Publishing Forum </li></ul><ul><li>.pdf – new version released last week by Adobe resizes pdfs to smaller screens </li></ul><ul><li>.doc, .txt – basic word processing formats </li></ul><ul><li>.xml, html – basic web formats </li></ul>
  4. 4. Big Guns <ul><li>.azw – Amazon’s proprietary format, can only be read on a Kindle </li></ul><ul><li>.bbeb, or .lrf – Sony’s proprietary format, can only be read on the Sony Reader </li></ul><ul><li>.mobi – format from MobiPocket, can be read on multiple devices </li></ul><ul><li>PNPd – Palm ereader format </li></ul><ul><li>… and many more… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sony Reader <ul><li>First model introduced in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>3 models to date </li></ul><ul><li>Opened to epub formats in Summer 2008 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sony, continued <ul><li>Can only buy books from Sony eBook Library (Windows only) </li></ul><ul><li>Download content to computer, then sync Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Only supports Sony format, and non-DRMed formats </li></ul><ul><li>New version has touch screen for note taking and annotations. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Amazon Kindle <ul><li>Debuted in November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Uses same e-ink display as Sony </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless connectivity over “Whispernet” provided by Sprint </li></ul>
  8. 8. More on the Kindle <ul><li>Can only buy books from Amazon’s Kindle Store </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary Amazon format </li></ul><ul><li>Can subscribe to RSS feeds and Newspapers for a fee </li></ul><ul><li>You can add your own content, but only after going through a conversion process </li></ul>
  9. 9. Kindle 2! <ul><li>Releases today! </li></ul><ul><li>Sleek new design, more memory, more battery life, and text-to-voice capability </li></ul>
  10. 10. CyBook by Bookeen <ul><li>Lesser known </li></ul><ul><li>No proprietary format, can’t support epub or any DRM other than .mobi </li></ul><ul><li>Comparable technical specifications </li></ul><ul><li>to Sony & Kindle </li></ul>
  11. 11. iRex iLiad <ul><li>3 different models ranging from small and basic to large and very sophisticated </li></ul>
  12. 12. More iRex <ul><li>Most expensive models </li></ul><ul><li>Has the largest screen </li></ul><ul><li>Wacom tablet technology, touch screen, wireless </li></ul><ul><li>No proprietary formats </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Linux </li></ul>
  13. 13. Plastic Logic <ul><li>Scheduled for release early 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Full paper size (8 1/2x11) </li></ul><ul><li>Touch screen controls </li></ul><ul><li>Sleek design, may add color </li></ul><ul><li>May be flexible </li></ul>
  14. 14. Comparisons <ul><li>Great comprehensive table from the MobileRead Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix </li></ul>
  15. 15. Barriers for readers <ul><li>Price </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheapest Readers are around $300 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each book ranges from $5-$10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plus other fees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book Availability (which leads to…) </li></ul><ul><li>DRM </li></ul><ul><li>DRM </li></ul><ul><li>DRM </li></ul>
  16. 16. E-book availability <ul><li>List of free e-book sites: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/free_ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>E-book Stores: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/e-book_stores </li></ul><ul><li>From (Arizona) libraries: http://overdrive.phoenixpubliclibrary.org </li></ul>
  17. 17. DRM <ul><li>Proprietary formats make it difficult to “own” e-books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t read on every device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No guarantee of perpetual ownership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Must be aware of which formats are supported by which Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is complicated </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Very personal decision – have to find the right balance of price, convenience (dedicated Reader vs. other mobile devices), content accessibility and availability, and individual feelings on DRM. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bibliography <ul><li>Ebook Presentation Bibliography on Google Docs: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com/Doc?id =dds3f5t9_37d87772gc </li></ul>
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