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Reference Librarian Mike Oetting of the Hinsdale Public Library outlines eReaders and the state of the market after the entry of Apple's iPad

Reference Librarian Mike Oetting of the Hinsdale Public Library outlines eReaders and the state of the market after the entry of Apple's iPad

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  • iPadSuperior to Kindle, PollSaysWill the Apple iPad bite into sales of the Amazon Kindle? We asked users of TheStreet, and in their consensus, the iPad is Superior to the Kindle.By Andrea Tse, TheStreet.com Staff ReporterTHESTREET.COM — 12 MINUTES AGONEW YORK (TheStreet) -- On week ago, we asked users of TheStreet how they'd compare Apple's new iPad tablet PC and Amazon'sKindle, just as the former was being launched for public consumption. Specifically, we wanted to learn if you thought the Apple iPad would bite into sales of the Kindle?Only two reponses were offered: "Yes -- the iPad has Kindle's best features and then some," and "No -- the devices differ markedly and will have their own fan bases." Depending on whose projections you believed, Apple either disappointed or exceeded debut sales expectations. Apple said that it sold more than 300,000 iPads that Saturday, including pre-orders of the device. This exceeded the debut weekend projections of some Wall Street analysts, who had expected sales of 250,000 to 350,000 units over the weekend, according to Reuters.Meanwhile, millions of consumers currently own Kindles and, according to surveys, those who own Kindles on average purchase more than three times as many books as those who don't.Thus, as competition for the e-book reader market continues to heat up, rumors are swirling that the Kindle and Barnes & Noble's (Symbol : BKS     Loading...           ) Nook e-book reader will soon be made available to consumers via retailers Target and Best Buy (Symbol : BBY     Loading...           ), respectively; perhaps as early as before the end of this month. Meanwhile, companies from Dell (Symbol : DELL     Loading...           ) to HP are vying to bring consumers their respective versions of tablet PCs.These tablet devices will reportedly be capable of running Adobe Flash software, in contrast to Apple's reluctance to carry it on the iPad and iPhone.But what of the sentiment of the readers of TheStreet? It was abundantly clear: investors are mad for the iPad. More than 64.5% of polltakers thought the iPad was superior to the Kindle, while about 35.5% of respondents felt that each device had its own merits and would attract its own loyal group of fans. -- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

iPads, Kindles and Nooks--Oh My! iPads, Kindles and Nooks--Oh My! Presentation Transcript

  • iPads, Kindles and Nooks, Oh My!An Introduction to eBook readers
    Mike Oetting
    Reference Librarian
    moetting@hinsdalelibrary.info
    Kindle 2 eBook ReaderAdapted from Jon 'ShakataGaNai' Davis’ Image.Original at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kindle_2_-_Front.jpg
  • What are eBook readers…
    …and what are their pros and cons?
  • What is an eBook Reader? *
    It is a handheld device for reading books published in an electronic format.
    Amazon’s Kindle 2 eBook Reader
    *electronic book reader=eReader= eBook Reader
  • What are the benefits of eBook readers over print books?
    • Large capacity: a typical eBook reader can hold hundreds of titles in the space of a thin hardcover book.
    • Ease of purchase: With wireless eReaders like Amazon’s Kindle, it is quick and easy to buy and download books.
    • Inexpensive books: Priced cheaper than hardcovers.
    Most current eBook readers can hold at least this many (~500) books Some can hold several times this many.
  • Indeed, current eReader owners seem to like them.
    February 3, 2010 report from NPD. www.npd.com/press/releases/press_100203b.html
  • What are the downsides of eBooks?
    • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
    • Can’t transfer ownership of books.
    • You may have to repurchase your eBooks down the road if you change devices.
    • The bookseller can remotely delete eBooks from your device without your permission (e.g., Amazon’s Orwellian debacle.)
    1984
  • Features to consider
  • Features: in-depth
    Multifunction vs. Dedicated Device
    Is it better to buy a device that is pretty good at a lot of things or a device that is reallygood at onething?
    vs.
  • Features: in-depth
    Display Technology: E-Ink
    • Usually Black & White
    • Excellent battery life (up to a month)
    • Anti-glare screens
    • Slow page turns
    • Less eye fatigue than LCD
    • Usually no backlighting – can’t read it in dark
    • Screen looks great in sunlight
    • Similar to an Etch-a-Sketch
    E-Ink Display Technology (eink.com)
  • Features: in-depth
    Display Technology: LCD
    • Color
    • Relatively mediocre battery life (less than 10 hours)
    • Often use glossy screens
    • Lightning-fast refresh rate permits gaming and video.
    • May cause eyestrain during long reading sessions
    • Backlit screen allows easy viewing in dark
    • Not good in bright sunlight
    Backlit LCD used in Apple iPadPhoto credit: http://www.engadget.com/photos/the-apple-ipad-4/#2656645
  • Features: in-depth
    Compatible with the Library’s downloadable eBooks?
    • Amazon Kindle: NO
    • Barnes & Noble Nook: YES
    • Sony Reader: YES
    • Apple iPad: NO
  • Features: in-depth
    Compatible with PDF?
    • A popular universal file format for documents
    • You can use the Library’s color printer to scan to a PDF then transfer the file to an eReader. It’s free!
    • Amazon Kindle: YES
    • Barnes & Noble Nook: YES
    • Sony Reader: YES
    • Apple iPad: YES
  • Features: in-depth
    PDF: Why does this matter?
    PDF documents have great versatility.
    • Business
    • Meeting agendas
    • Presentation outlines
    • Travel
    • Itineraries
    • Train schedules
    • Maps
    • Education and Culture
    • Required readings for courses
    • Public domain sheet music from the Petrucci Music Library (http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page)
  • What eReadersare available?
  • Amazon’s Kindle
    This revolutionary product is the most widely known eBook reader.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
    New to the market, this reader features an auxiliary touch-sensitive color screen below the main screen for navigation.
    $259
  • Sony’s Reader
    Two out of the three current Sony Readers require a computer with the Internet to download and transfer eBooks. Only the top-of-the-line Reader Daily Edition has wireless access.
    $180 $399 $299
  • HP Slate
    A stripped down computer in a tablet format which runs Windows 7. It’s a multifunction device which is Flash compatible.
    Image source: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/4/2010/01/500x_ballmernote43.jpg
    Image Source:http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/03/03-08-10hpslate.jpg
    Less than $629
  • Kobo eReader
    A budget alternative coming in May, 2010. Very thin and light. No wireless connectivity at all – must connect to a computer.
    koboereader.com
    $149 CDN
  • enTourageeDGe
    The best of both display types? Has both an E-Ink display and an LCD display side by side in a clamshell design. Downsides? It’s much bulkier and heavier than the competition.
    $499 to $539
  • The Game-Changer?
    Apple’s iPad
    A multifunction device with a color touch screen and wireless connectivity, the device does much more than display books. Apple sold over 300K on first day and over 450K in first week.
    $499 to $829
    Apple iPad
  • Kindle vs. iPadThe Champ vs. The Challenger
  • The Street Poll Results (4/12/2010)*
    Will the iPad biteinto sales of the Kindle?
    “Yes. The iPad has Kindle's best features and then some”
    or
    “No. The devices differ markedly and will have their own fan bases”
    *www.thestreet.com/_yahoo/story/10722646/1/ipad-superior-to-kindle-poll-says.html
  • Apple iPad’s Market Influence?
    http://www.investorplace.com/changewave-alliance/articles/changewave-survey-shows-apple-ipad-demand-striking-amazon.html
  • How much do eBooks cost?
  • Kindle Pricing Model
    • Amazon set an early standard of $9.99.
    • In January 2010, Macmillan forced Kindle to raise prices to $12.99 to $14.99 for its titles.
    • Many Kindle readers became outraged (an Amazon discussion called “Boycott anything over $9.99” had over 8,100 messages.)
  • How much do eBooks cost on other devices?
    Walletpop.com looked at a bundle of 10 recent books after the Macmillan-led price hike.*
    Relative to the Kindle bundle, the cost of:
    • The Sony Reader eBooks bundle was 11.5% higher
    • The B&N Nook eBooksbundlewas 41% higher
    *http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/03/01/battle-of-e-readers-shows-kindle-books-much-cheaper-than-nook-s/
  • Questions & Answers