Ebook readers

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Ebook readers

  1. 1. Ebook readers the story so far…
  2. 2. The session is about… • Passing on information about ebook readers • Show and tell from staff who have bought ebook readers • Q & A ask questions
  3. 3. Why do we need to know? • New technology • Library will need to respond • You may want to buy one http://www.flickr.com/photos/eiriknewth/3957443019/ From Flickr Eirik Newth's photo stream
  4. 4. What is an ebook reader? • Portable, lightweight device • Low power • High resolution • Some devices have other functions – iPad (Apple) • Some specifically designed for ebooks – Kindle, Kobo, Sony ereader
  5. 5. How does it work? • Displays E-versions of text – using e-ink, simulates paper • Screen resolution easy on the eyes • LCD, – Backlit, less battery life, but… • LCD readers such as iPad – can run video – colour
  6. 6. Ebook reader terminology • E-ink • LCD (liquid crystal display) • DRM (digital rights management) • EPUB (electronic publication) – common format • WiFi (wireless network) • 3G (third generation mobile phone network)
  7. 7. What are the issues/downsides? • Damage or theft • Content compatibility across platforms • Costs for libraries • Many devices • Many ebook files/suppliers • Linked to bookstores • ebook terms of use, copyright, DRM http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidking/2092005734/ From Flickr davidking’s photostream
  8. 8. What are the implications for library? • New ways to acquire content • More flexibility • Customisable course materials • Library brand=books (no longer) • By-pass library • New roles for us • DRM www.flickr.com/photos/cwiebrands/4650884987/ Flickr cwiebrands photostream
  9. 9. Devices in Australia • Borders’ Kobo • Amazon Kindle2 KindleDX • iRiver Story (Harvey Norman) • Stash W950 (Office Works $129) • Sony PRS-700 ebook reader • Smartphone, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry – all have ebook apps
  10. 10. Q & A session with staff http://www.flickr.com/photos/xissey/4309421719/ From Flickr d!zzy's photostream

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