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  • Open Books (OEB) - standard for ebooks - allows any book to be read - not tied in to publisher/device model. Surveys - see Woodward and Edwards issue paper (Jisc working group on ebooks)
  • rocket and softbook sold less than 50,000 units but consumers and manufacturers were interested RCA through licensing deal with Gemstar manufacture REB1100 (black and white) and REB1200 (colour) replace old rocketbook and softbook see examples of practice in the e-Libraries supplement to Public Libraries Sept/Oct 2001 (US) - gives a ‘check-in checklist’ for issue desk (p.26).
  • OEB - Open ebook standard - specification for content of ebooks. defines common markup syntax for books. published by Assn of American Publishers Dec 2000. Aug. 23, 2001 PDT When students at the University of Phoenix return to school this fall, many of them won't be carrying books in their backpacks. Instead, they will download digital textbooks, multimedia simulations and PowerPoint presentations from portable e-book readers and desktop PCs. These students are part of the university's plan to phase out traditional textbooks and become a "bookless college." "Delivery of course materials electronically will free us from the rigid ways that students get their materials, which are lectures and textbooks," said Dr. Adam Honea, Dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology at the University of Phoenix. While the idea of a campus without books might seem to some as outlandish a notion as a museum without art, the university's four major educational publishing partners are watching the project closely to see how students and faculty will respond to an all-digital curriculum. goreader - Ruth Wilson of eboni project - says these are available in UK (contact Gary????)
  • Broad price range. Multifunctional and portable therefore meet users needs. Play music? Plug into PC
  • Pocket PC models: Compaq, Audiovox, Toshiba, Casio, Hewlett Packard, Symbol, Intermec. Buy through manufacturers or online retailer, eshop or store near you. Pocket PC 2002 - built in MS Reader 2.0 “ owner exclusive” eBooks dynamic reading features e.g. drawing, highlighting, notetaking links to University of Virginia etext center - 1,600 publicly available books - including British and American classics, children’s lit, Shakespeare etc. MS Reader can be activated on up to 4 devices = portable library
  • these are the terms and marketing speel used by Microsoft on their pages
  • Provides information on what formats are available from specific distributors/online stores. Provides star ratings for ease of finding what you want for each bookshop.
  • Marketing blurb: If you love to read or simply need to read, The Gemstar eBook™ by RCA lets you carry and use a small library – anywhere, any time. Compact, portable, and exceptionally readable, it puts a world of books at your fingertips . Publisher’s listing of devices and software
  • Don't Sweat the Small E-Stuff (touchy feely stuff -) M.J. Rose Richard Carlson, whose Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is selling both e-books and print-on-demand books directly to consumers via his website. Like Stephen King's recent venture into e-publishing with The Plant, Carlson sees this new model as a way to interact one-on-one with his readers by avoiding the intermediary layers of publishers, distributors and retailers. from Wired News: http://www.
  • NetLibrary:www.netlibrary.com - Founded in August 1998, netLibrary is located in Boulder, Colorado. As the world's premier provider of electronic books (eBooks), netLibrary helps academic, public, corporate and special libraries create a richer, more productive learning environment for their patrons. By combining the time-honored traditions of the library system with electronic publishing, netLibrary offers an easy-to-use information and retrieval system for accessing the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. “ We offer the only comprehensive approach to eBooks that integrates with the time-honored missions and methods of libraries and librarians. Our vision is one of enhancing the role of librarians as stewards of knowledge, supporting their crucial role in serving millions of people every day who seek information.” OEB compliancy; academic, public, special library sectors all catered for. Latest news: NetLibrary in financial difficulty and up for sale. OCLC now made offer to purchase assets. “ electronic books and other forms of electronic content are quickly becoming strategic drivers in the sharing and advancement of knowledge in the digital age” Jay Jordan, president and CEO of OCLC. [email from Toby Bainton, SCONUL]
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    1. 1. The right tools for the job? hardware and software for e-books Name: Penny Garrod UKOLN University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY UKOLN is supported by: Email [email_address] URL http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
    2. 2. e-books and e-texts in context <ul><li>supplementary - will not replace printed media </li></ul><ul><li>user expectations: 24/7 services and access; convenience: anyplace, anytime </li></ul><ul><li>digital everything: TVs/DVD’s/WAP/handhelds/ demand for portable personal devices </li></ul><ul><li>government agenda: accessibility; inclusivity; ICT; Lifelong Learning; skills and jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>development of e-content: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DNER/RDN/Virtual Training Suite; web-based learning materials; UKonline website; publishing houses …... </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Focusing on the end-user <ul><li>Questions we should be asking re eBook devices </li></ul><ul><li>What do users want and which devices are popular? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- the general public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the status of current digital technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How to future proof?- built in redundancy and advances in technology; trends; fads and fashion </li></ul>
    4. 4. e-books: focus on libraries and learning centres <ul><li>Challenges for service providers : </li></ul><ul><li>industry still developing; market growing with commitment among publishers to provide content </li></ul><ul><li>dedicated eBook readers: soon out of date; bits and pieces to keep track of when lending to readers; cataloguing and circulation issues </li></ul><ul><li>E- content: high costs - collaborative purchasing could be way forward; Digital Rights Management; Open standards (OEB) & proprietary systems </li></ul><ul><li>levels of demand - now and in the future? surveys suggest growth in demand </li></ul>
    5. 5. hardware choices <ul><li>dedicated eBook readers - designed specifically for reading e- texts e.g REB 1100; eBookman; goReader (USA) </li></ul><ul><li>handheld devices/Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g.Palm, Handspring, Pocket PCs, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PCs, Laptops : require downloadable software e.g.Acrobat eBook Reader; Microsoft Reader (both available for free) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Dedicated ebook Readers <ul><li>Gemstar eBook: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>REB 1100 (black/white) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REB 1200 (colour) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RCA manufacture through Gemstar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>specifically designed for reading e-books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>good display - backlit screen (can be read in bed with light off!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lots of pieces to lose - stylus, zipped case, adaptor, cloth etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REB 1200 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>text search </li></ul><ul><li>bookmark </li></ul><ul><li>annotate </li></ul><ul><li>connect to PC </li></ul><ul><li>built in modem - internet access </li></ul>
    7. 7. dedicated ebook reader for students (USA) <ul><li>goReader: www.goreader.com </li></ul><ul><li>aimed at US students - course texts for one semester </li></ul><ul><li>Open Ebook Standard (OEB) compliant - supports multiple formats </li></ul><ul><li>800X600 web browsing </li></ul><ul><li>lightweight tablet (2.4lb) </li></ul><ul><li>Windows CE OS + MP3 files </li></ul>
    8. 8. PDAs and Pocket PCs <ul><li>Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Palm Pilots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pocket PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handsprings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple - iBook??? </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Pocket PCs <ul><li>Leading manufacturers: </li></ul><ul><li>Compaq </li></ul><ul><li>Audiovox </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba </li></ul><ul><li>Casio </li></ul><ul><li>Hewlett Packard </li></ul><ul><li>Symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Intermec </li></ul><ul><li>use Microsoft reader - free to download or </li></ul><ul><li>pre-loaded </li></ul>Compaq: iPAQ H3760/65
    10. 10. eBookMan from Franklin <ul><li>multi-functional : books, music, and information </li></ul><ul><li>half way between dedicated reader and PDA </li></ul><ul><li>cheap to buy - in UK </li></ul><ul><li>designed for reading ebooks but...small screen </li></ul>http://www.franklin-uk.co.uk/
    11. 11. eBook software for PCs, laptops & notebooks (1) <ul><li>available free for PCs/laptops and Pocket PCs </li></ul><ul><li>On-screen readability: ClearType display technology </li></ul><ul><li>dynamic reading: highlighting, note-taking, book-marking, drawing </li></ul><ul><li>preloaded on Pocket PC 2002 + links to University of Virginia e-text center </li></ul>http://www.microsoft.com/reader/default.asp
    12. 12. eBook software for PCs, laptops & notebooks (2) <ul><li>Adobe Acrobat eReader: </li></ul><ul><li>free for notebooks or desktop computers </li></ul><ul><li>good for preserving appearance of document </li></ul><ul><li>graphics, pictures, rich fonts & “intuitive interface” </li></ul><ul><li>content (UK) from WH Smith [or Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for USA] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.adobe.com/products/ebookreader/ </li></ul><ul><li>main/html </li></ul><ul><li>http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk/Default.asp </li></ul>
    13. 13. Buying e-content: a UK ‘books portal’ http://www.books.co.uk/publishing.html
    14. 14. devices plus content: Powells.com http://www.powells.com/ebook/ebook.html
    15. 15. http://www.dontsweat.com/ e-authoring
    16. 16. Publishers - new business models: www.netlibrary.com
    17. 17. Conclusions <ul><ul><li>eBooks (devices and texts) still in development stage - low sales reflect this </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>convergence of hardware devices -market in state of flux (caution needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>younger generation/students/business people = most likely users. They will increasingly own handheld devices capable of reading e-texts (example mobile phones) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>free software for use with PCs and laptops -download and evaluate it (some free texts available e.g. out of copyright books) </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. More conclusions <ul><li>useful solution for reference materials where texts are consulted rather than read. </li></ul><ul><li>Where searchability, linking and currency is vital and when text is in short discrete chunks . Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>encyclopaedias and dictionaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technical manuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>handbooks (chemistry, physics, nursing...) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gazetteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>others </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. a few resources (from many) <ul><li>www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue29/wilson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- useful and up to date article [by Eboni Project researcher at Strathclyde University] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://eboni.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/documents/ </li></ul><ul><li>definition.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- lists devices and types of ebooks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/ebooks/strategy1.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- overview from JISC working group on ebooks (Hazel Woodward and Louise Edwards -Sept 2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://skyways.lib.ks.us/central/ebooks/needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Html </li></ul>

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