Today I’m going to show you the iPod touch. I’ve taken actual screenshots from my personal iPod to show you, and at the end you will have an opportunity to have a play yourself if you wish. Please stop me if you’ve got any questions.
An iPod is a: Mini computer; you can use many free or cheap programmes called apps, which extend the usefulness of the device; with the right app you can create, edit and email documents, see when the next bus is coming, what movies are on at the local cinema, check in to your Air New Zealand flight, learn a language and many more, all with the touch of a finger. Multimedia player; plays videos and music and games Internet browser with WiFi Open; anyone with the knowledge can develop an app and get approved by Apple for the appstore; and there are many developers who are doing just that, often putting their creations online for free. A telephone, through voice over internet protocol, or VOIP, using programmes such as Skype Today we’ll look at using an iPod as an ebook reader and web browser, but if you can imagine it there is probably and app that will do it.
There are some limitations, mainly that it is an Apple device so you must download iTunes software to make it work when you unwrap it after bringing it home. iTunes is used to put any apps, music or videos onto the iPod. I still am trying to view my videos. It doesn’t have many ports, so you can’t easily attach peripherals, like a mouse or keyboard, or extra memory. When you want to connect to the internet, to check your email or use an online app, you need to find a WiFi hotspot to login to the internet. These can range in cost from free to $20 for 70 megabytes. Overseas they are much more common, and I can see that being the same in here soon. There is no camera, or microphone included within the device, such as other iPods or cheaper MP3 players. The touch screen is great but does mean the screen needs frequent cleaning, and a cover is a must. It’s not an iPhone, so can’t make phone calls the same way, but at a third the price it’s much more affordable. You can’t look at Adobe flash player videos or animations, which a lot of web pages use. So I’m not trying to advertise the Ipod touch, but I think it’s design, appstore and low ongoing cost, mean that the limitations can be put aside.
This is the iPod home screen, where all the applications or apps are stored. There is one page of preloaded apps, and you can very easily add to these through the Apps store. The dots at the bottom of the screen indicate the number of pages, so I’ve got 4 pages of apps. There are hundreds of free apps, and many others for just over $1.
Our catalogue. It is readable!
Our catalogue landscape, which is easier to read. The iPod as an accelerometer which it uses to determine which way you are holding it and many programs are compatible with this.
This is a result list from our catalogue
When you touch a text entry box the keypad loads and text can be entered by touching the letters.
I’ll now go through a couple of programs that let you view books on the iPod. You can also buy individual books from the app store, and there are many other eBook programs to explore. The most common are accessing copyright free material, such as when the author of the book has died, but there are apps that allow you to buy many books you can find in the bestseller lists. I’ve downloaded Kindle, and Stanza, both owned by Amazon. Also a new app to look out for is Txtr.
Stanza is an ebook program. You must be online to search the catalogue for new books, but you can download books to the device for offline use.
My library shelf, which includes all these books that can be read offline.
The first page and the page with controls.
You may have heard of Amazon’s kindle device, with which you can download and read eBooks. Kindle is also a store on the amazon.com website. Amazon have developed an iPhone and iPod app that means you can download many, but not all, Amazon kindle formatted eBooks.
My Kindle library shelf. The first book is a set text for our courses. You can download free samples which you can read before deciding if you want to buy the book.
There are 285 eBooks from EBL we own and lend to our patrons, so how can they be accessed on the iPod? EBL uses Digital Rights management, or DRM to control access to it’s books. This means that downloaded books will expire after a certain period of time when they are borrowed. Stanza and Kindle do not use Adobe’s DRM so they cannot view downloaded eBooks, and reading an EBL book online is almost impossible as it isn’t formatted for the iPod's screen. Where does this leave us? This is a developing area and new programs are coming out all the time.
One such program is Txtr. Txtr is a German App that you can save WebPages to read offline, and they have a bookstore to sell books. They support EPub DRM book formats, like Adobe Digital Editions. So you can view our EBL ebooks using Txtr.
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The astonishing story of the incomparable Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness. With the aid of an ancient god who lives beneath the library branch, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books. He must confront incredible foes, such as powerful alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees. Wearing his super thick bottle glasses, and armed with an arsenal of high technology weapons, he strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers, and can take on virtually any foe from zombies to renegade public-domain literary characters with aplomb.
iPod Touch, how could our users interact with our catalogue and ebooks
iPod touch http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/
What is an iPod <ul><li>Mini computer using touch screen </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia player </li></ul><ul><li>Internet browser with WiFi </li></ul><ul><li>Any one can develop an app </li></ul><ul><li>A telephone, through VOIP i.e. Skype </li></ul><ul><li>And finally an…Ebook reader </li></ul>
Limitations <ul><li>iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>No USB </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a WiFi hotspot </li></ul><ul><li>No camera </li></ul><ul><li>Dirty screen! </li></ul><ul><li>Not an iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>No Flash player support </li></ul><ul><li>Still great and addictive </li></ul>