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New Jersey Library Association Sony Reader Panel

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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
  • Binky

New Jersey Library Association Sony Reader Panel New Jersey Library Association Sony Reader Panel Presentation Transcript

  • The Sony Reader Projectat the
    Anne Behler
    Binky Lush
  • The Situation
  • Uses
    • In the Classroom
    • Library Lending Program
    • Services to Persons with Disabilities
  • Classrooms:
    • First-year Honors English Classes
    • English 004 Basic Writing Skills
    • Library Studies First Year Seminar
    • English Graduate Seminar
  • Lending
    • Sony eBook Store Content
    • A great way to test the technology
    • User feedback survey
    • Lending period 4 weeks -> 2 weeks
    • UP and 1 campus
    • Fees
    • Breakage/abuse
  • Disability Services
    • Help for the visually, mobility or learning impaired?
    • Navigation challenges
    • Text size
    • Portability for a large library
    • Price for books
    • Reading more
    • Eco friendly
    • Weight (10.1 oz)
    • Ability to add additional content
    • Sleek, ergonomically friendly device
    • Easy on the eyes
    • Uni-function device
    • Battery life and charging difficulties
    • Slow page refresh time
    • Lack of interactive features
    • No “relationship” with e-readers
    • Uni-function device
    • On-demand service too cumbersome to offer
    • DRM
  • Sony Project:tinyurl.com/psulsonyWhite Paper:tinyurl.com/psulsony7things
    Anne Behler – behler@psu.edu
    Binky Lush – binky@psu.edu