eBooks & eBook Readers What are they? • Why do I care?
eBook = electronic book Read on a computer Laptop, desktop, some phones, or… eBook Readers Can be downloaded in minutes Hundreds of eBooks take very little space Millions of eBooks are available now Many are free; Newer ones: $5-$25 eBooks
Space saving Very Portable Easily duplicated Mark-up without marring Online dictionary (most) Electronic notes and bookmarks Acquire more instantly Publish your own! Advantage of eBooks
Must use electronic device Complicated Eye strain Initial cost of reading device Not all books are eBooks Disadvantages of eBooks
On your computer Software is free On most smart phones Software is free On eBook Readers Pay for device, software is built-in eBooks are separate cost eBook Readers
Amazon Kindle Barnes & Noble Nook Sony (Borders) Reader Ectaco (Language Translators) jetBook Main Players
Comparison (Kindle/Nook) Amazon Kindle B&N Nook comparison E-Ink Display 3G Wireless MP3 Player Physical buttons only Text-to-speech Internet Browser 6” / 9.7” diagonal $260 / $490 E-Ink Display 3G Wireless MP3 Player Buttons & touch screen In-store content Lend a book Personal Screen Saver Replaceable battery Micro SD slot 6” diagonal $260
Comparison (Reader, jetBook) Sony Reader EctacojetBook E-Ink Display 3G Wireless MP3 Player (except 5”) Buttons (& touch on 7”) 5” / 6” / 7” diagonal $200/$300/$400 TFT Display USB connection only MP3 Player Physical Buttons only Replaceable battery LOTS of formats Micro SD slot 5” diagonal $180