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  • Other features -- MP3 playing capabilities, many features that belong on a smart phone (web browsing, etc.), but still thought of as single use devicesGreen (less paper) + books never go out of printMostly best sellers and public domain books, future may bring more books that would not ordinarily make it into print due to limited demand
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  • E-Readers and E-Books : The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    Mary Jane Clerkin
    Berkeley College
    Catherine Kelley
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • About Fairleigh Dickinson University
    2 campuses in the U.S.
    College at Florham (Morris County, NJ)
    Metropolitan Campus (Bergen County, NJ)
    2 international campuses (not part of the pilot)
    12,000 students
    8,585 Undergraduates
    262 Full-time faculty
  • E-Reader Initiative
    A mandate from the University President
    A collaborative effort involving:
    The campus libraries
    The Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT)
    The Office of Information Resources Technology (OIRT)
    Two literature classes
  • What is an e-Reader?
    A reading device that allows you to:
    Read books, magazines, newspapers, blogs
    Take notes, highlight and bookmark text
    Laptop / desktop / netbook computers can be e-readers
    Smart phones can be e-readers
    Current generation of electronic paper reading devices – Kindle, Sony, Nook …
    iPad and other tablet devices
  • E-readers used at FDU
  • Amazon Kindle Features
    • Two sizes
    • No backlight, but easy to read in direct sunlight
    • Wireless access via AT&T’s 3G network
    • Newer models also allow WiFi (or only have WiFi)
    • Proprietary DRM format
    • Support for other text formats and PDFs
    • Built-in keyboard, DX has textbook-sized screen
    • Text-to-speech, plus support for audio books
  • Sony Reader Touch Features
    • 6-inch touch screen
    • Can print your notes
    • Supports the e-pub format
    • May borrow e-books from public libraries
    • No wireless access (PRS-900 only) – must transfer books via PC connection
    • No mobile app for smart phones, it’s in the works
    • Can store up to 350 e-books
    • Have to install books via USB (most models)
  • iPod Touch Features
    • Free Kindle app from Amazon
    • Other e-book apps available from iTunes store
    • Synchronize device with Kindle
    • Does everything an iPhone can do, except make phone calls:
    • Support for video, audio, color, graphics, email, SMS text
    • Wireless access
    • Safari browser
  • iPad (not used in early pilots)
    Intuitive touch interface (like an iPhone or iTouch)
    Many reading apps, including Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook
    Many other apps available
    Intermediate device – not an iTouch, not a full-featured computer, but a hybrid of both
  • Library Pilot
    Each library circulated:
    4 Kindle DXs (since increased to 11 per campus)
    4 Sony Reader Touches (PRS-600 and 700)
    4 iPod Touches (2nd generation – since increased to 9 or 10 per campus)
    All pre-loaded with content – leisure reading and required texts from Core Curriculum
    One week loan period
    Library now also circulates one iPad per campus for use in library only (up to 2 hours)
  • Survey
    Administered via Blackboard/WebCampus
    Response rate has been high
    Mix of student, faculty and staff borrowers
    Some patrons borrowed multiple devices for comparison purposes
  • Survey Respondents
  • Textbook preference by user type
  • Required features for textbook use
  • Required features for textbook use
  • Spring 2010 Academic Pilot
    2 classes –
    Masterpieces of Literature II, Metro
    Chaucer, Florham
    15 students participated in first phase of pilot
    Half got Kindles, half got iTouches
    At semester mid-point, switch to other device
    Surveyed four times: Setup, use for phase I and setup, use for phase II
    Low response rate, but student data were very comparable to library pilot
    Most Kindles returned with empty batteries
  • Academic Pilot – Faculty Concerns
    Footnote Management
    Cross-referencing between two texts on Kindle
    Classroom management when some students using physical texts, some using e-reader devices
  • The Good: E-Reader Benefits
    Cost of e-book titles
    E-ink displays are crisp, less eyestrain, vs. fast intuitive displays on iTouch and iPad
    Additional features:
    Built-in dictionary
    Link to Wikipedia (not on Sony devices)
    Text-to-Voice (Amazon Kindle device only)
    Other features
    Environmental factors, use of paper
  • The Bad: E-Reader Limitations
    Book formats and DRM
    Slow black and white e-ink display (e-ink dedicated readers) vs. glare
    Tradeoff between speed & color vs. lower eyestrain and ability to read in strong sunlight
    Highlighting, note-taking and page navigation (varies across platforms, and getting better)
    Consumer privacy and e-book permanence
  • The Ugly: Issues and Constraints
    • Establishing an Amazon corporate account, models of textbook distribution to literature students
    • Use of credit cards to purchase content
    • Not “purchasing department-friendly”
    • Amazon’s 1-click option – need to take care to prevent accidental purchases
    • Tracking number of e-book licenses
    • Purchasing e-books ‘on-the-fly’
    • 1 generic account or multiple e-reader accounts
    • Limitations of Sony’s e-reader software
  • Berkeley College
  • About Berkeley College
    Founded in 1931, Berkeley is a coeducational college specializing in business. With seven locations in New York and New Jersey, an online campus, and an enrollment of over 8,000 students--with 655 international students in its Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree programs.
  • Has an Online Campus
  • Students in the Military
  • All Online Instructors Use Texts Which Have an Equivalent eBook
    Text Book
  • Advantages
    No Need to Stand on Line at the Bookstore or Wait for Book Delivery
    No Need to Carry Heavy Books
    Cost Effectiveness is important to students and eBooks are much less expensive than text books.
    Instant search for terms, sections, pages.
    Take Notes
  • Downloadable Version
    No Need for the Internet –Downloadable Version
    Sending books abroad to students serving our Country in the military is not as efficient as using eBooks.
    Students do not always have access to the Internet.
    Portability is important to today’s students. They can carry all their books on a small laptop.
  • Internet Version
    No Need for a dedicated Computer-Internet Version
    Convenience is important to students, they can access anywhere and any time where there is Internet access.
    Mobility is important to students and they can access their eBook from their iPhones
  • Internet Access
    Any Computer Anywhere
  • Students Like the iPhone Version
  • Available on the iPAd
  • Available on the Kindle
  • eTextbook from McGraw-Hill
  • McGraw-Hill and CourseSmart
  • CourseSmart Partners
  • Table of Contents the Same
  • Chapters, Pages, Content the Same as the Text
    Text Book
  • Chapters and Pages the Same
  • Directions Provided
  • View the Table of Contents
  • Search
  • Search Feature
  • Type in a Word and Go
  • Type in the Page Number
  • Notes Can Be Added and Saved
  • View Notes
  • Easy to Highlight Sections
  • Easy to Turn the Pages
  • Simply Click on Next
  • Printing Sections is Easy
  • Comments from Students
    Cheaper than the print version
    Ease of use and portability
    Less strain on the back from heavy backpacks
    Environmentally friendly - no trees being destroyed for paper.
    Long-term reference material
    Easier note-taking for future reference.
    Initial investment cost for reading device
    Replacement cost of reading device, if damaged
    Loss of content - if stored on computer or damaged e-Reader
    Eye strain/damage from prolonged usage of electronic device to read content.