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The Sony Reader Projectat the <br />Anne Behler<br />Binky Lush<br />
             The Situation<br />
Uses<br /><ul><li>In the Classroom
Library Lending Program
Services to Persons with Disabilities</li></li></ul><li>Classrooms:<br /><ul><li>First-year Honors English Classes
English 004 Basic Writing Skills
Library Studies First Year Seminar
English Graduate Seminar</li></li></ul><li>Lending<br /><ul><li>Sony eBook Store Content
A great way to test the technology
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  • Partnership between PSUL and Sony to explore and investigate the applications of e-book readers in an academic setting
  • Anne: Talk about proposal to Sony/Amazon – Spring of 2008. Sony Responded and was excited at the opportunity to gain feedback from students, library, and facultySony donated 100 model PRS-505 Sony Readers to the University Libraries so that we could carry out a pilot project
  • Binky: Summarize Use Cases (detailed on coming slides) – Library as hub
  • Binky: Overview of classes taught with the Sony Reader
  • Anne: 10 at UP, 5 at a campus, Sony eBook store content, great way to test technology. Lending period changed from four weeks (which is our standard for books) to two weeks due to popularity and to allow for more people to try out…
  • Binky: what we tried, didn’t work, we’ll be testing kindles
  • Anne
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    1. 1. The Sony Reader Projectat the <br />Anne Behler<br />Binky Lush<br />
    2. 2. The Situation<br />
    3. 3. Uses<br /><ul><li>In the Classroom
    4. 4. Library Lending Program
    5. 5. Services to Persons with Disabilities</li></li></ul><li>Classrooms:<br /><ul><li>First-year Honors English Classes
    6. 6. English 004 Basic Writing Skills
    7. 7. Library Studies First Year Seminar
    8. 8. English Graduate Seminar</li></li></ul><li>Lending<br /><ul><li>Sony eBook Store Content
    9. 9. A great way to test the technology
    10. 10. User feedback survey
    11. 11. Lending period 4 weeks -> 2 weeks
    12. 12. UP and 1 campus
    13. 13. Fees
    14. 14. Breakage/abuse</li></li></ul><li>Disability Services<br /><ul><li>Help for the visually, mobility or learning impaired?
    15. 15. Navigation challenges
    16. 16. Text size</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Portability for a large library
    17. 17. Price for books
    18. 18. Reading more
    19. 19. Eco friendly
    20. 20. Weight (10.1 oz)
    21. 21. Ability to add additional content
    22. 22. Sleek, ergonomically friendly device
    23. 23. Easy on the eyes
    24. 24. Uni-function device</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Battery life and charging difficulties
    25. 25. Slow page refresh time
    26. 26. Lack of interactive features
    27. 27. No “relationship” with e-readers
    28. 28. Uni-function device
    29. 29. On-demand service too cumbersome to offer
    30. 30. DRM</li></li></ul><li>Sony Project:tinyurl.com/psulsonyWhite Paper:tinyurl.com/psulsony7things<br />Anne Behler – behler@psu.edu<br />Binky Lush – binky@psu.edu<br />
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