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Mohave County Alliance 2010

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  • Hands on with E-Readers Mohave County Library Alliance October 2010 Dale Savage, Mary Villegas, Adele Maxson
  • E-Readers in Libraries
    • Considerations:
    • Nuts & Bolts of e-readers (hardware)
    • Different Devices
    • E-book Issues (software)
  • E-Readers and Tablets
    • Different priorities:
    • Read e-books,
    • browse the web,
    • or both?
    Most devices can read e-books and use the internet, but they do one better than the other.
  • E Ink vs. LCD
    • Different technology:
    • Affects appearance, battery life, and page turns
    Comparison of Kindle and iPad screens at 26x (source: http://www.bit-101.com/blog/?p=2722)
  • Size & Weight
    • Weight – Plastic/metal
    • Size – Read a newspaper or fit in your pocket?
    • Screens are usually 5”, 6”, 7” or 11” diagonally
    Image source: http://blogkindle.com/category/kindle-reaction/
  • Internet Connectivity
    • iPad
    • Can use apps, internet browser, e-mail
    • What can iPad do offline?
    • Some E-Readers
    • Ties your e-reader to an online store
    • Is this good or bad?
  • iPad Apple
    • Touch screen
    • Computer or e-reader?
    • Proprietary
    • E-reading on iPad
    • A lot of books?
    • iPad can:
      • Access other stores through apps
      • Access documents
      • Use apps
    Image source: http://www.apple.com/ipad/
  • Kindle Amazon
    • Popular
    • Internet and some 3G
    • Proprietary
    • E-reading on Kindle
    • Amazon Kindle Store (biggest in the world)
    • Users usually purchase Kindle books
    • Not a lot of freedom with e-books
    Image source: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Generation/dp/B002Y27P3M/ref=sa_menu_kdp3w3
  • nook Barnes & Noble
    • Popular
    • Internet and some 3G
    • New version – 7” touchscreen (iPad competition)
    • Original – E Ink top screen/touch bottom screen
    • Has an iPad app
    • E-Reading on nook
    • Barnes & Noble e-bookstore (a lot of books?)
    • Read with the E Ink screen
    • More freedom with e-books
    Image source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/features/?cds2Pid=30197 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookcolor/?cds2Pid=35700
  • Reader Digital Book Sony
    • Different models
    • Long lived
    • Touch screen (new devices)
    • Limited Connectivity
    • Expensive
    • E-Reading on the Sony Reader
    • Sony e-bookstore, but can use any store
    • No iPad app
    • Freedom
    • Promotes digital libraries
    • Easier to use internationally
    Image source: http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666257813
  • Kobo
    • Simple, small, light
    • New Kobo released – with Wi-Fi
    • Cheap
    • E-Reading on Kobo
    • Promoted by Borders, but can use any store
    • Has an iPad app
    Image source: http://koboereader.com/usd/ereaders/kobo-ereader-black.html
    • Perceived value
    • ‘ Digital book files cost $0’
    • Expected value
    • ‘ Well, there is some editing required…’
    • Actual value
    • Agency model:
      • free e-books
      • cheap e-books
      • e-books that cost more than hardcover
    What is an e-book worth?
    • Aren’t all books the same?
    • Licensed, not owned:
      • Lending, borrowing?
      • Resale?
      • Obsolescence
      • Library model?
    • Publishing:
      • Price
      • DRM
      • File formats
      • Print-on-demand
      • Quality
        • Editing
        • Standard file type?
  • What is DRM… And how does it Affect Libraries
    • The Big Companies:
    • Adobe Digital Editions
    • E-Bookstore DRM
    • What does DRM do?
      • Checks the file out, returns it
      • Protects copying, printing
      • Publishers may prevent some accessibility (TTS)
      • iPad and Kindle do not support any other DRM
  • Licensing
    • Digital Content
    • &
    • Device Software
    • "Digital Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider"
    • Kindle License Agreement
  • Furthermore
    • "…you may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense, or otherwise assign any rights…"
    • "…and may not sell, rent, lease, lend, distribute, or sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Software in whole or in part."
  • So What Can Libraries Do?
  • True Story
    • "I just had a lady come in who needed help setting up her brand new Kindle.  I was able to get her registered and start downloading books in a snap.  She was thrilled.  I probably could have muddled through it, but the E-Summit REALLY helped!!"
    • Learn how to use an e-reader
    • 1 in 20
    • 194,825
    • (2009 Census Estimate)
    • 9,741
  • E-Book Discussions
  • Free Books
    • Project Gutenberg
    • Many Books
    • Scribd
    • Oxford Text Archive
    • Memoware
    • And many more……
  • Other Activities
    • E-reader 101
      • Purchasing
      • Downloading
    • E-book publishing
  •  
  • What Are Libraries Doing
    • Oct. 27, 2010: Howard County Library to lend 60 Nooks
      • http://columbia.patch.com/articles/howard-county-libraries-will-loan-nook-e-readers
    • Frank L. Weyenberg Library: Kindles
      • http://www.flwlib.org/about-library.cfm?id=18
    • Complete report available at: http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/tech/ebookreadersreport.pdf
  • Final Thoughts