The Inside Scoop on eReaders & eBooksEwing Computer Learning CenterTips and Tricks2012 October 2Anna Van Scoyocavanscoy@mcl.orghttp://www.slideshare.net/annavan/CC Image Courtesy of jblyberg: Evolution of Readers http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/4505413539
Agenda• POP QUIZ!• Choosing an eReader o 5 Questions (not a pop quiz) o Consumer Resources• Free eBooks o Lending libraries o Website resources o Person-to-Person sharing• Q&A
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Choosing an eReader 5 Questions to Ask YourselfBased on "How to Buy and Ebook Reader" via PCMag.com @ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2357102,00.asp
Question 1:Dedicated eReader or Tablet? i.e., Do you want to more than just read on your device?
To Read....or To Read and More? • Do you just want to read books? • How about magazines and newspapers? • What about browsing the Web? • Want to add multimedia to the mix -- music, audiobooks, or video? • Are you a Netflix junkie? • Do you need o Flash support? o E-mail and messaging? o Gaming?Source: "Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?" via CNET @ http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20009738-1/kindle-vs-nook-vs-ipad-which-e-book-reader-should-you-buy/
Question 2:What Screen Size and Type?They come in all shapes and sizes. Well, all sizes....
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Display: eInk vs. LCD (backlit, color touch)eInk (looks a lot like paper)• The Pros o Easy on the eyes for the power reader o Optimal for outside reading; no glare o Lit eInk options (additional $$) Paperwhite GlowLight• The Cons o Basic models require a light for night reading o Lagging/blinking page turns
Display: eInk vs. LCD (backlit, color touch)LCD (e.g., backlit, color)• The Pros o Optimal night reading o Bright, colorful displays o Maximizes online experience• The Cons o Glossy displays may cause reflections o Washes out in sunlight
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Question 3: What Kind of WirelessConnection Do You Need? (Phew...Question 2 was a doozie!!!)
Wi-Fi vs. 3G/4G• Wi-Fi o Standard in a majority of all eReader models o Wireless signal required To download eBooks (once downloaded, no Wi-Fi needed) To access Internet• 3G/4G o Pay a premium via higher up-front price OR monthly bill o Ubiquitous wireless access via cellular wireless network
Question 4:What About eBook Apps? Yes, theres an app for that.....
App Ecosystem• Variety of devices support free eBook apps (e.g., Kindle, NOOK, etc.) o Tablets (iPad, Android, Nexus, etc.) o SmartPhones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc.) o Computers (Windows, Mac)• Supports "Multidevice Reading" o e.g., Kindle Book Kindle Touch iPhone o e.g., NOOK Book NOOK Tablet Android Phone o e.g., Kobo Book Kobo Reader Blackberry
Question 5:How Much Do You Want to Spend? Its all about the money...
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Web Resources• Project Gutenberg o http://www.gutenberg.org/• Many Books o http://manybooks.net/• Book Yards o http://www.bookyards.com/• International Childrens Digital Library o http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Web Resources• Obooko o http://www.obooko.com/• Reader Store o http://ebookstore.sony.com/free-literary-classics/• Google o http://books.google.com/ Google Books Google Play
Person-to-Person• Kindle o Kindle Owners Lending Library --> http://www.amazon.com/kindlelendinglibrary o LendInk --> http://www.lendink.com/ o BookFriendMe --> http://bookfriend.me/ o eBookFling --> http://help.ebookfling.com/• NOOK o eBookFling --> http://help.ebookfling.com/ o LendInk --> http://www.lendink.com/ o BookFriendMe --> http://bookfriend.me/
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