eReader Boot Camp


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eReader Boot Camp

  1. 2. Program Summary <ul><li>Part I </li></ul><ul><li>What is an eReader? </li></ul><ul><li>A Short History </li></ul><ul><li>Why use them? </li></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><li>Part II </li></ul><ul><li>My Media Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>Checking Out and Downloading </li></ul><ul><li>Transferring to a Device </li></ul><ul><li>Part III </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Petting Zoo </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  2. 3. A Blast from the Past “ Picture this on a steamy day: You turn the AC down to sub-Arctic, curl up in your favorite chair and spend the evening reading […] on a nifty, handheld electronic book-reading machine about the size of a paperback. To turn a page, you press a button […] If a passage inspires you, you can highlight it, or electronically dog-ear the page for later return. If a word stumps you, tap it with your finger, and an instant definition appears on the screen.” “ REVOLUTION E-books could change the way we publish and read .” Charleston Gazette , 5/30/1999
  3. 4. What is an eReader? Also called an eBook reader, an eReader is a handheld device specialized for reading electronic books. Unlike tablet computers, one of the major advantages of eReaders is their extremely long battery life.,2542,t=e-reader&i=58851,00.asp
  4. 5. eReaders & eBooks: A Timeline 1998 Softbook, Gemstar 2003 Setbacks 2000 Ride the Bullet 2004 E-Ink 2008 iPhone 2007 Kindle 2005 Library 2009 eBooks outsell print
  5. 6. Why eReaders? <ul><li>E-Ink vs. Backlighting </li></ul>
  6. 7. Why eReaders? <ul><li>Which do you treasure in print? </li></ul>
  7. 8. Why eReaders? <ul><li>Convenience & Portability </li></ul>
  8. 9. Can it be tossed in a purse?
  9. 10. Consumer Reports , 12/2010, pp. 40-41
  10. 11. Types of eReaders nook, nook color Sony Touch kobo Kindle
  11. 12. Types of eReaders Alex Pandigital BeBook VEB620
  12. 13. Wi-Fi vs. 3G: Which to Choose <ul><li>Wi-Fi: Must have access to a wireless hotspot to get your books </li></ul><ul><li>3G: Get your eBooks anywhere. No need for a hotspot </li></ul><ul><li>Consider $$$ </li></ul><ul><li>You can always transfer eBooks to your eReader via your computer </li></ul>
  13. 14. My Media Mall: What is it? <ul><li>The Evanston Public Library uses a service called My Media Mall to provide you with a selection of nearly 3,000 Adobe PDF and Adobe EPUB eBooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium-based </li></ul><ul><li>No late fees </li></ul><ul><li>Custom loan period </li></ul>
  14. 15. How to Find, Download, & Transfer Library eBooks to Your eReader <ul><li>What you need </li></ul><ul><li>A valid Evanston Public Library Card </li></ul><ul><li>A computer with Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Software: Adobe Digital Editions </li></ul>
  15. 16. How to Find, Download, & Transfer Library eBooks to Your eReader <ul><li>Start at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Go directly to </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional videos accessible at . </li></ul>
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