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Getting the Most from Your E-Book Readers: Tips and Tricks to Take You From Frustrated to Delighted


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So you got an e-book reader - Now What? …

So you got an e-book reader - Now What?

New examples of electronic reading material—e-books, e-magazines, e-textbooks—are appearing every day as well as devices and software to read them on. Accessing and transferring electronic titles to Nooks, Kindles, and other e-reading devices, however, can be complicated. Join Chad Mairn as he offers best practices to help gain a clear understanding of e-formats, Digital Rights Management schemes, and privacy issues while he demonstrates how one can ultimately use their e-reading devices to their full potential.

A Google+ Hangout via will be scheduled for a virtual petting zoo to see several e-readers and tablets in action.

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  • Here’s what we’ll do in the next hour or so
  • For reading, this…
  • …became this.
  • Cumbersome became convenient.I used to carry “a” book with me where ever I went. Now I carry a few thousand books with me wherever I go.
  • This used to be THE way to watch movies at home
  • I was wondering whether this type of book was about to be totally replaced…
  • Easy to see why cassette won’t fit CD player
  • Harder to see why Amazon e-book won’t ‘fit’ into Nook. Or, more likely, vice versa.Even if you saw the two side by side as files on a PC, most of our users won’t say, “Whoa! That’s an AZW file extension! No wonder it won’t work on a device configured for an EPUB file!”
  • Calibre is a package of e-reading tools.It is a free download.It lets you convert “any” format to “any” format.But format is not the only issue
  • Both of these read EPUB format, but Sony uses the Adobe DRM and the iPad uses the Fair Play DRM
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    • 1. @cmairn
    • 2. Virtual Petting Zoo Google Plus Hangout
    • 3. So you got ane-book reader.
    • 4. Hopefully, reading.
    • 5. Program Goals• Distinguish between dedicated and non-dedicated e- readers.• Offer best practices to help gain a clear understanding of e-formats, Digital Rights Management, and privacy issues.• Learn how we can use our e-reading devices to their full potential.
    • 6. FutureShock
    • 7. In 1971, Michael S. Hart (1947 –2011) created the first e-book by typing the Declaration of Independence into acomputer. Project Gutenberg was launched and now e-books are over 40 years old!
    • 8. What is a dedicated e-reader?n modelsA device optimized for reading e-books – Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader
    • 9. What’s so special about them?• Reflect light the way paper does (Outdoor reading).• E-Ink has no backlighting so it is easier on the eyes and can be printed on any surface.• Long battery life, especially if other features (e.g. wireless) are turned off.• Small format with huge capacity.
    • 10. What’s a non-dedicated e-readerA device designed for some other, largerpurpose that can also read e-publications. – PC, Mac, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, netbook, iPhone, Android phones/tablets, Internet-enabled DVD players/TVs, gaming consoles etc.
    • 11.
    • 12. Which one is better? Dedicated Non-dedicated• Excellent for extended • Excellent for quick, reading and/or casual reading. pleasure reading. • Can read while• You can “fall into” the multitasking. book, and the mechanism does not interfere.
    • 13. Is it OK to have both? Yes!
    • 14. Quick Poll
    • 15. e-ink vs. LCD/OLED screens
    • 16. E-Ink Hybrid Display! Source:
    • 17. Color e-ink: A Game Changer?
    • 18. The form of the book has changed over time.The ‘book’ is the content, not the package!
    • 19. Just asdigital musicturned this…
    • 20. …into this
    • 21. E-publications turn this…
    • 22. …into this
    • 23. Access vs. Ownership Who wins?Should we even play the game? Should we have both?
    • 24. So, will physical books becompletely replaced by … ?
    • 25. Be an advocate for all of yourreaders no matterhow or what they chose to read!
    • 26. And whathappened to LPs? Are they dead?
    • 27. “Hardly any information technologygoes obsolete. Each new one throws its predecessors into relief.” James Gleick.
    • 28. In the early 1960’s,McLuhan wrote thatelectronic media wouldreplace visual culturewith aural/oral culture.He called it “electronicinterdependence.”
    • 29. e-formats, Digital Rights Management (DRM), and privacy issues.
    • 30. E-formats• We have an alphabet soup of formats: – AZW, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DJVU, LIT, etc.• For a thorough explanation/comparison, see:• The big ones (right now) are EPUB, PDF and AZW (Kindle).• “Everyone” else uses EPUB and PDF.• Note: I don’t think format will matter in the near future. E-books, I hope, will be like CDs (i.e., they can be played on most any CD player). Official ePub logo, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
    • 31. Dueling FormatsThe cassette/CD format difference is easy forpeople to see and understand. But .EPUB vs .AZW… ? Not so easy.
    • 32. Dueling formatsAZW EPUB
    • 33. If format were the only issue…
    • 34. I don’t thinke-book formats willmatter in the nearfuture. E-books, Ihope, will be like CDs(i.e., they can beplayed on most anyCD player).Amazon? DRM?
    • 35. So, what’s this DRM thing?• Digital Rights Management.• A software “lock” that controls access to a file (e-book, e-music, e-movie). You must have the correct software “key” to unlock it.
    • 36. Is DRM a good thingor is it an evil thing?
    • 37. Yes!
    • 38. • Like speed limits and banking regulations, DRM schemes can be a good thing and can protect an author’s livelihood.• Like speed traps and unreasonable lending practices, DRM schemes can infuriate and frustrate our readers.
    • 39. Same Format, Dueling DRMsEPUB w/ Adobe’s ADEPT DRM EPUB w/ Apple’s FairPlay DRM
    • 40. Dueling Formats and DRMs EPUB using Abode’s DRMAZW using Amazon’s DRM
    • 41. All this is confusing, but it will get easier. I promise!
    • 42. Offer free workshops for the publicand ask people to bring their devices!
    • 43. Help local authors get published
    • 44. A complete self-publishing platform. Converting text to EPUB format using CalibreUpload local content to“Community Reserve.”
    • 45. Authors are slowly bypassingpublishers and this will continue.Libraries are a middle-man too. What will happen to libraries?
    • 46. Broward County’s ideaspawned another idea. The key is to at least try something new.
    • 47. DRM-free e-books
    • 48. Book Discovery/Recommendations
    • 49. QR (Quick Response) codes can help guide mobile users inyour physical spaces come visit your digital library spaces.
    • 50. E-book sales inthe US double year-on-year, paper bookssuffer double- digit losses. Source:
    • 51. Repurposing the library
    • 52. Are you currently weeding your physical collection? If yes! Then donate thesebooks to Open Library. More information at:
    • 53. “If libraries are no longer storage spaces, I think they becomeknowledge performance spaces.” Source: @rmazarShare you space. Foster collaboration.Facilitate discovery. “Rethink possible.”
    • 54. Privacy and your rights
    • 55. The 2010: E-Book Buyers Guide to E-Book Privacy answers the following questions:o Can they keep track of book searches, either on their website or on the website of other e-book sources?o Can they monitor what youre reading and how youre reading it after purchase and link that information back to you? Can they do that when the e-book is obtained elsewhere?o Does the device have limited compatibility with books not purchased from an associated eBook store?o Can they keep track of book purchases? Can they track book purchses or acquisitions made from other sources?o With whom can they share the information collected in non-aggregated form?o Can they share information outside the company without the customers consent?o Do they lack mechanisms for customers to access, correct, or delete the information? Source:
    • 56. The E-book User’s Bill of Rights• the right to use e-books under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations.• the right to access e-books on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses.• the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share e-book content within the spirit of fair use and copyright.• the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the e-book owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased e-books. Read more at:
    • 57. I am upset! This is so frustrating! I don’tcare what it is called; I JUST WANT to read an e-book!
    • 58. A reader who has figured it out
    • 59. Visit a library and/or a store (e.g.,Best Buy) and play with a variety of e-readers/tablets to get a feel for the one you’d like to use.
    • 60. I mention to out-of-statelibrary patrons to find out what e-book vendor[s] their library uses and search for a cheat sheet online. Or ask a librarian for help. cheat-sheet.pdf
    • 61.
    • 62. Popular E-book Vendors/Platforms 3M Cloud Library Freading Axis 360 Gale Virtual Reference Library Blio MyILibrary OpenLibrary (not a vendor) Books 24X7 OverDrive EBL (E-book Library) Project Gutenberg (not a vendor) eBrary Safari Books Online EBSCO
    • 63. The key is to practice. Use your e- reading device often, explore its functions, and read the FAQs.
    • 64. Some Common Questions/Answers
    • 65. Q: Can you share your account soothers can access your e-books?A: Yes. Most books and other non-subscriptionitems you purchase from the Kindle store may besimultaneously accessed on up to 6 Kindles (orKindle compatible devices) registered to account.
    • 66. Q: Will existing .mobi files still work onKindle e-ink devices and apps?A: Yes, all currently supported content willcontinue to work.
    • 67. Q: Can you use Kindles for Interlibrary Loan?A: Under Digital Content, Restrictions:Unless specifically indicated otherwise, you may not sell,rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwiseassign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it toany third party, and you may not remove any proprietarynotices or labels on the Digital Content.Note: Amazon has said that this only applies to for-profitorganizations; however, I would recommend contactingAmazon first before you loan Kindles etc.
    • 68. Stay informed! For e-publication cheat sheets, industry updates, and more visit Digital Delight( and e-publishing Trends ( Some conferences covering e-books etc.: Books in Browsers Computers in Libraries E-Book Summit Handheld Librarian
    • 69. Virtual Petting Zoo Google Plus Hangout
    • 70. Let’s Hangout!