3. History and Overview of eReading
1971: Michael Hart and Project Gutenberg
4. History and Overview of eReading
1998: First ebook readers: Rocket ebook and SoftBook
5. History and Overview of eReading
2006: BooksOnBoard, one of the largest independent
ebookstores, opens and sells ebooks and audiobooks
in six different formats.
6. History and Overview of eReading
2007: Amazon begins selling Kindle in the U.S.
7. History and Overview of eReading
“On Christmas Day, for the first
time ever, customers purchased
more Kindle books than physical
---Amazon Press Release
December 26, 2009
8. History and Overview of eReading
“In each of the last three
months...sales of books for Kindle
have outpaced the sale of
hardcover books, and that growth
is only accelerating.”
July 19, 2010
9. History and Overview of eReading
10. File Fomats and DRM Limitations
11. The Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books
1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials
2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety
3. Digital Books should be in an open format
4. Choice of hardware to access books
5. Reader information will remain private (what, when and how we
read will not be stored, sold or marketed)
For more information visit:
http://readersbillofrights.info/, developed by librarian
Alycia Sellie and technologist Matthew Goins.
12. Can I share content with other Kindles?
You can enjoy your Kindle content on Kindle devices or Kindle applications that
are registered to your Amazon.com account. There may be limits on the number
of devices (usually six) that can simultaneously use a single book. Subscriptions to
newspapers or periodicals cannot be shared on multiple devices. You can see all
your Kindle content and send downloads to your registered Kindles or Kindle
applications from the "Your Orders" section of the Manage Your Kindle page.
14. CEO Michael Serbinis said that with Kobo, you could buy a book, keep
it forever and read it on any other device you choose, except the Kindle.
15. “The usefulness of the
Opus — like that of all of it
e-reader cousins — is
totally hobbled by books
that come with digital right
16. Becoming our own Gutenbergs
17. Common eReading Hardware and
• No one knows for sure how many eReader-type
devices there are. Estimates range from 30 to over
• There are three basic types of devices:
• Tablet Notebooks
• Smart Phones and Other Portable Devices
• Applications for PCs and Macs are available.
18. Reviews for Common eReading
Hardware and Applications
19. Purchasing Concerns
20. Purchasing Concerns
21. Are your ebooks what your students want?
22. Are all ebook readers print readers?
23. Some things to consider:
Where you read (Brigadoon)
Native file conversion (.pdfs)
Your reading habits and tastes
Compatibility with public library resources
Wifi or 3G? Or cable-only.
24. Software functionality linked to hardware generation
29. who reads ebooks?
• A large proportion of early e-book
owners - up to 66 percent in some
surveys - are older than 40
• E-book users tend to earn more than
$100,000 a year, be college-educated,
and be very Web and social-media
• "These people do everything on the
Web. They spend more than 20 hours
a week on it."
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31. Replacing the textbook
32. Nearly three quarters
indicated that if given choice
“print textbooks would be
their top option.”
33. "Of course I prefer print, but if that's not
available, online's okay,” said sixteen –
year-old Jasmine. "You have to scroll,
and I'm always going too far."
34. “I can only read a few pages,” said 17-
year-old Allie of books on her iPod
touch, before she stops, tempted to
text or play games instead.
35. Seventeen-year-old Brittany said that,
as you revisit a print book, you are
essentially interacting with it, making
indentations on the pages and spine,
which makes your copy, like your
reading experience, unique.
36. Seventeen-year-old Kameran is the
one of only a few teens I know with
her own dedicated ereader, and her
affection for her Nook appears to be
linked to hours spent at the Barnes
and Noble bookstore.
37. B&N leverages its bricks-and-mortar stores with
a “Brigadoon Library”
38. Students are wary about investing in
hardware for reading ebooks. Having
bought a first-generation iPod, sixteen-
year-old Leslie predicts consumers will
wait before buying an ereader, citing
aesthetic as well as functional concerns.
Checking out a second-generation Kindle,
she predicts: "I am sure the next thing is
going to be great."
39. Sara, a high school senior, said she had played
with the Nooks on display at Barnes and
Noble, and while she found the hardware
"neat," she was disappointed in the range of
content available. She found mostly popular
fiction, but not the fantasy backlist or smaller
informational publishers she favors. Despite its
potential for exponential options, she
perceives the range of titles available digitally
as not yet equating to those available
physically to her.
40. Limitations and Possibilities
41. A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by
Marketing and Research Resources Inc.
found that 40% said they now read more
than they did with print books.
42. “the e-Top 10 looks pretty much like the non-e”
43. “When we find a copyediting or form
error in a book, we ask the publisher
new file and replace the one in the K
Store so that new purchases of the b
do not have the error. We will update
file for a book a customer has alread
purchased only when the customer a
44. “because the cost of entry is far lower, I
know of two or three people who have set
up e-publishers with very little capital, so
there may be more choice."
45. “How do we get people to care about what
they read? How do we foster for words the
spaces of thoughtful attention that are
crucial to the reading experience, especially
in a world where attention is becoming
devalued through the progressive
commercialization of human consciousness.”
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