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    E Books and Readers E Books and Readers Presentation Transcript

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