eReaders for the Classroom: Are They Right for You?


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eReaders for the Classroom: Are They Right for You?

  1. 1. eReaders for the Classroom: Are They Right for You?<br />Carolyn Jo Starkey<br />Wendy S. Stephens<br />Librarians,<br />Buckhorn High School<br />Alabama Educational Technology Conference 2011<br />Birmingham, Alabama<br />June 14-16, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Introduction to eBooks<br />
  3. 3. Session Resources<br /><br />
  4. 4. History and Overview of eReading<br />1971: Michael Hart and Project Gutenberg<br /><br />
  5. 5. History and Overview of eReading<br />1998: First ebook readers: Rocket ebook and SoftBook<br /><br /><br />
  6. 6. History and Overview of eReading<br />2006: BooksOnBoard, one of the largest independent ebookstores, opens and sells ebooks and audiobooks in six different formats.<br />
  7. 7. History and Overview of eReading<br />2007: Amazon begins selling Kindle in the U.S.<br />
  8. 8. History and Overview of eReading<br />2009: <br />“On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books.”<br />---Amazon Press Release<br />December 26, 2009<br />
  9. 9. History and Overview of eReading<br />2010: <br />“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.”<br /> ---Mashable<br />July 19, 2010 <br />
  10. 10. History and Overview of eReading<br />2011:<br />“According to Association of American Publishers’ February 2011 Sales Report,<br />E-Books Rank as #1 Format among All Trade Categories for the Month.”<br />---Andi Sporkin <br /> April 14, 2011<br />
  11. 11. History and Overview of eReading<br />2010-2011: Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian, begins major documentation of an ereader project.<br />2010: <br />
  12. 12. Files, Formats, and DRM Issues<br />
  13. 13. File Fomats and DRM Limitations<br />ascii<br />QiOO<br />mobi<br />
  14. 14. The Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books1. Ability to retain, archive and transfer purchased materials2. Ability to create a paper copy of the item in its entirety3. Digital Books should be in an open format4. 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)<br />For more information visit:, developed by librarian AlyciaSellie and technologist Matthew Goins.<br />
  15. 15. ?<br />Can I share content with other Kindles?<br />You can enjoy your Kindle content on Kindle devices or Kindle applications that are registered to your 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.<br />
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  19. 19. 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. <br />
  20. 20. “The usefulness of the Opus — like that of all of its e-reader cousins — is totally hobbled by books that come with digital rights management.”<br />
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  22. 22. Becoming our own Gutenbergs<br />
  23. 23. eReaders and Applications<br />
  24. 24. Common eReading Hardware and Applications<br /><ul><li>No one knows for sure how many eReader-type devices there are. Estimates range from 30 to over 60.
  25. 25. There are three basic types of devices:
  26. 26. Readers
  27. 27. Tablet Notebooks
  28. 28. Smart Phones and Other Portable Devices
  29. 29. Applications for PCs and Macs are available.</li></li></ul><li>Reviews for Common eReading Hardware and Applications<br />
  30. 30.<br />Common eReader Hardware and Applications<br />
  31. 31. eBook Purchasing Issues<br />
  32. 32. Purchasing Concerns<br />
  33. 33. Purchasing Concerns<br />
  34. 34. Are yourebooks what your students want?<br />
  35. 35. Are all ebook readers print readers? <br />
  36. 36. Some things to consider:<br />Where you read (Brigadoon)<br />Backlighting<br />Native file conversion (.pdfs)<br />Your reading habits and tastes<br />Compatibility with public library resources<br />Weight<br />Wifi or 3G? Or cable-only.<br />
  37. 37. Software functionality linked to hardware generation<br />
  38. 38. ebook pricing<br />
  39. 39. ebook pricing<br />
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  43. 43. eBook Sources<br />
  44. 44. eBook Sources<br /><ul><li>Public Domain eBook Databases
  45. 45. Libraries
  46. 46. eBookstores</li></ul><br />
  47. 47. eBook Sources<br />
  48. 48. Teen Ethnographic Responses<br />
  49. 49. Teen Ethnographic Response<br />
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  51. 51. who reads ebooks?<br /><ul><li>A large proportion of early e-book owners - up to 66 percent in some surveys - are older than 40
  52. 52. E-book users tend to earn more than $100,000 a year, be college-educated, and be very Web and social-media savvy.
  53. 53. "These people do everything on the Web. They spend more than 20 hours a week on it."</li></li></ul><li>Books were good at developing a contemplative mind. Screens encourage more utilitarian thinking. A new idea or unfamiliar fact will provoke a reflex to do something: to research the term, to query your screen “friends” for their opinions, to find alternative views, to create a bookmark, to interact with or tweet the thing rather than simply contemplate it. <br />
  54. 54. Replacing the textbook<br />
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  56. 56. Nearly three quarters indicated that if given choice, “print textbooks would be their top option.”<br />
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  59. 59. "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."<br />
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  61. 61. “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.<br />
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  64. 64. 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. <br />
  65. 65. Seventeen-year-old Kameranis 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. <br />
  66. 66. B&N leverages its bricks-and-mortar stores with a “Brigadoon Library”<br />
  67. 67. 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."<br />
  68. 68. 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.<br />
  69. 69. Which Way Now? Limitations and Possibilities of eBooks and eReaders<br />
  70. 70. Limitations and Possibilities<br />
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  78. 78. 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.<br />
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  84. 84. “the e-Top 10 looks pretty much like the non-e”<br />
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  89. 89. “When we find a copyediting or formatting error in a book, we ask the publisher for a new file and replace the one in the Kindle Store so that new purchases of the book do not have the error. We will update the file for a book a customer has already purchased only when the customer asks us to.”<br />
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  92. 92. “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."<br />
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  94. 94. “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.”<br />
  95. 95. LiveBinder for this session at<br />