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  • Fragile – wouldn’t throw it in the back seat of the car!Can easily be used by libraries – think about all the time we spend processing a book, you have to spend that much time with the ereader too, but you’d have to do it everytime someone checked it out. But that wouldn’t be the case if the patron owned the ereader and the library just provided access to the ebook.Interactive ebooks are coming this halloween – ipad’sdracula with soundtrack, animations and there are already travel books with web links to location informationPhysical space – this is what makes up our libraries and fills our homes. We are sentimental about it because we love them, but it’s really quite impractical. What if every song we liked took up 1 inch of shelf space? We don’t seem to mind the digitization of music…
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    • 1. All About E-Readers
      Sponsored by the
      Nebraska Regional Library Systems
    • 2. 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
    • 3. E vs. P
      What do you think?
      What are the advantages and disadvantages of each format?
    • 4. E vs. P
    • 5. 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
    • 6. Sony Reader PRS 300
    • 7. 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
    • 8. 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
    • 9. 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
    • 10. Many Many Devices…
      from Wikipedia
    • 11. 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!
    • 12. 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.
    • 13. Steps to “Embrace the E”
      Be curious.
      Get an eReader in your hands.
      Get an eReader in your library.
      Talk to other people about eReaders and eBooks.
      Think about the future.