All About E-Readers Sponsored by the Nebraska Regional Library Systems
Today’s Session Briefly talk about eReaders in general pros and cons of “e” vs “p” Demo of several devices Each has it’s own strengths and weaknesses Literature review What are people writing about? Steps to getting started
E vs. P What do you think? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each format?
E vs. P
Sony Reader PRS 300 Simple interface Can load books, magazines, music and photos Supports pdf and epub files No internet or wireless downloading; must connect to a computer to upload files Works with Overdrive ebooks
Sony Reader PRS 300
Nook Navigation is a combination of touch screen and buttons Can load books, audio books, magazines, music and photos Supports pdf and epub files Has limited internet access and wireless downloading of new material Can get 3G access Only ereader that allows “lending” Can get a free sample of a book Works with Overdrive ebooks
Kindle 2 Has complete QWERTY keyboard Can load books, audio books, magazines, music and photos Supports pdf and kindle files Has wireless downloading of new material Can get a free sample of book Does not work with Overdrive
iPad Full touch screen Supports color and animation Is much more than an eReader Can use iBooks app or download apps for Kobo, Kindle and Nook App for Overdrive is in development
Many Many Devices… from Wikipedia
Don’t forget mobile apps You can download a free eReader app for almost any smartphone Visit the online store of your choice to find one Use your phone as your eReader!
Literature Review Barack, Lauren. “Feds Require Accessibility of eReaders in schools.” School Library Journal Aug. 2010: 13. Braun, Linda. “E-books: They Are Finally Really Here.” VOYA June 2010: 122+. Griffey, Jason. “Gadgets and Gizmos.” American Libraries May 2010: 24. Harris, Christopher. “The Future is Boundless.” School Library Journal Aug. 2010: 12. Rivero, Victor. “E is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything.” MultiMedia & Internet @ Schools 1 July 2010. Schmidt, Aaron. “Services Before Content.” Library Journal July 2010: 22. Tenopir, Carol. “New Directions for Collections.” Library Journal 1 June 2010: 24.
Steps to “Embrace the E” Be curious. READ! Get an eReader in your hands. Get an eReader in your library. Talk to other people about eReaders and eBooks. Think about the future.