What does E stand for Anyway?Navigating the new Electronic Library World Sara Figueroa, MLIS Youth Services Librarian Indian Valley Public Library Telford, PA
What does E Stand for?E stands for electronic.Some "E" things in the library world: • E-books • E-readers • E-devices • Smart phones • Tablet Computers
What are E-books.An electronic book (variously, e-book, ebook, digital book) is abook-length publication in digital form, consisting oftext, images, or both, and produced on, published through, andreadable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes theequivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be borndigital. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as "anelectronic version of a printed book," but e-books can and do existwithout any printed equivalent.
Fast Facts or How does this affectme?* "A survey conducted by the PewResearch Centers Internet &American Life project-found that thenumber of adults who own either adedicated e-reader or a tablet doubledduring the 2011 holidayseason...overall 29% of adults own ane-reader." Charting the TransitionPublishers Weekly 1/30/12
DevicesE-books are readable on digital devices including: • Computers • Smart Phones (higher end mobile phones with computing capabilities that go beyond basic telephone calls, often internet enabled) • Tablet Computers • Readers
Tablet ComputersA tablet computer, or a tablet, is a mobile computer, larger than amobile phone or personal digital assistant, integrated into a flat touchscreen and primarily operated by touching the screen rather than usinga physical keyboard. It often uses an onscreen virtual keyboard, apassive stylus pen, or a digital pen.Some Popular Tablets: • Apple Ipad • Samsung Galaxy Note • Kindle Touch • Nook Tablet
ReadersE-Readers are devices that store several electronic copies of books.Its similar to a computer storing files.How do they work? Most readers consist of a screen and several buttons. E-Ink Technology o Many readers use this technology which incorporates a monochrome screen with black text on a white background. o These are not small computer screens, but electronic versions of paper, so they are not back lit. They require a reading light to read in the dark, but will also work in direct sunlight. LCD (liquid crystal display used in computers) or TFT o Screens used on computers o Can make use of color
Either type of reader present you with one page at a time on thescreen, and when you have read that page, either by means of abutton, or sort of a swiping action you move on to the following page(if it has a touch screen – which means that you control your ereaderby means of a touch sensitive screen, rather than buttons).
Cool Features• An easy to use Gadget (mostly)• You can carry around a lot of books in one small, light weight device• Text on most E-readers can be adjusted to your preference. Text can get very large, and very small.• Some e-readers provide an audio function and can read to you.• Most readers will remember and store your last page• You can bookmark pages• You can add notes to pages, just like a real book• Some readers have other cool functions including games, internet access, and more.• You can check out library books to read with your device.• Different devices have different size screens• Some devices use touch screen technology• Built in dictionary look up features
The NookNEW! Breakthrough E Ink® display –25% faster than any other eReaderNEW! Best–Text™, ultra-crisp, readsjust like paper – even in bright sunNEW! Longest battery life – read for upto 2 months based on 1 hour of dailyreading1Over 2.5 million books, get them inseconds w/ built-in Wi-Fi®No annoying adsAlways free NOOK support in-storeBorrow books from your public libraryNook color is $199 and uses LCDscreenNook Tablet is $249 and is a tabletcomputer and readerCompatible with epub and pdf formats
The Kindle o Range in price from $79-$380. o wi-fi and 3G compatible o 6", 7", and 9" displays o millions of books o battery life of 8 hours- 3 months depending on use and device o uses E-ink o touch screen and keyboard available o can store 1,400- 6,000 books o Supports kindle format books but some devices can download aps to be compatible with other formats
Kobo • Kobo Reader o $99-$199 o uses e-ink o wi-fi enabled o touch screen options o different color options o can download applications to make device compatible with all formats
Sony Reader• Sony Reader o Wi-fi but no ads o uses e-ink o one month of battery life o $99-$230 o compatible with e- pub, pdf, and text formats
Some draw backs...• E-Readers can be expensive. Some are more affordable than others.• Not all books are available in digital formats. Some are expensive to buy and there aren’t billions of books available to borrow from your library (yet).• Not really for young children. In my opinion (and I can only base this on my feeling and experience), the physical picture book works better with young children.• Lots of digital rights issues when considering lending in a library• Libraries can lend e-readers, but they cant easily lend individual e-books without a lot of complication or money• Publisher Limitations: some publishers do not allow libraries to lend, or they have rules about how many copies, or how the book can be downloaded or shared
How can Libraries lend e-books?• Create your own server to host e-books.• Use a vendor such as Overdrive, Baker and Taylor, Netlibrary, Recorded Books One Click Digital, Ingram Ilibrary, Gale Virtual Reference• Free sites available like Project Gutenberg and Google Books which have books in the public domain.
How does it work?• Library website links to Overdrive• Use your barcode• search for the book title or format you want• download book (steps change based on type of device)• Lets practice!
Why should Libraries get involved?• so you can continue to teach your patrons• so you can stay relevant• so you help develop and change the technology• because its coming whether you like it or not• major appeal for senior and teen patrons
What do you think?Comments, questions, etc? Contact Sara: email: email@example.com blog: www.mssaramakingnoise.wordpress.com twitter: @mssarafig facebook: Sara Figueroa
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