E-Books and E-Readers
Created by Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian, West Des Moines Public Library

Originally...
Popular E-Readers Overview

Compatible with Adobe-DRM EPUB and PDF (popular format – used by Overdrive – see WILBOR info)
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•   Multiple other free e-reader apps




This page edited with permission from Johnson County (KS) Library handout
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Handout originally created for CILSA presentation on 7/24/2010 at Marshalltown Public Library.

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  1. 1. E-Books and E-Readers Created by Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian, West Des Moines Public Library Originally presented at the Marshalltown Public Library, July 24, 2010 What is an e-book? Same text as a printed book, but displayed electronically. What is an e-reader? A device (or software for a computer or laptop) which is designed specifically to display e-books. How do you get books for your e-reader? This can depend on the following: • if you’re using a smartphone (iPhone, Droid or similar “apps” phone) or a separate e-reader • which vendor/bookstore you’re getting them from • what format they’re in • if your device has wi-fi and/or 3G (faster, cell phone-like) access, or requires a computer to download See the Popular E-Readers Overview handout on the next page for more information. Costs? E-books can cost anything from $0 (many classics are available in free formats, for instance) to regular hardcover prices ($25-30 or more). Mostly they are 20-50% cheaper than their paper counterparts. E-readers can run the gamut – some are free or low cost “apps” to be used on other devices or your computer. For separate, portable e-readers, the costs can range from $150 (the Kobo, for instance) to $600 (the iPad, which is also a laptop computer). More Info? Some places for good advice from others on e-readers and e-books: http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2010/05/16/dear-jane-what-ebook-reader-should-i-buy/print/ http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/e-book-format-and-device-table/ http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/ http://sites.google.com/site/lsauiowa/resources Will MPL have e-books to check out? Some information you should know: Marshalltown Library is part of the WILBOR consortium of Iowa libraries. We currently offer e-audiobooks for download to listen to on your MP3 player. Soon (hopefully by the end of 2010) WILBOR will also offer e-books for check out. These will “check out” via free software which you’ll need to load on your home computer (PC or Mac). You will also need a valid library card. All e-books available through Overdrive/WILBOR will be in the Adobe-DRM EPUB or PDF formats. What does this mean? • It means you will need to have the (free) Adobe Digital Editions software on your computer at home. • You will NOT be able to use the Kindle, Kindle DX or iPad to read these downloadable e-books via WILBOR/Overdrive. They may be developing an This page app forwith permission from Johnson County (KS) Library handout edited iPad/iTouch and/or Droid platforms.
  2. 2. Popular E-Readers Overview Compatible with Adobe-DRM EPUB and PDF (popular format – used by Overdrive – see WILBOR info) Adobe Digital Editions software required on home computer (free) Barnes & Noble Nook Always wirelessly connected- also available with 3G (more expensive) Primary Bookstore: Barnes & Noble Related Apps: BN eReader for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, PC and Mac WILBOR is a consortium of Iowa libraries that collectively purchases material via the Sony Reader Overdrive company, for patrons to borrow Some models have wireless connection electronically. Primary Bookstores: Sony Reader Store and Borders Related Apps: Reader Library Software for PC and Mac WILBOR currently has e-audiobooks for lending, and we will soon be developing an e-book collection – stay tuned! Aluratek Libre No wireless connection These e-books will be in the Adobe-DRM Primary Bookstores: Ebooks.com and Borders EPUB or PDF formats. Related Apps: None (yet) Learn more at wilbor.lib.overdrive.com Kobo eReader No wireless connection Primary Bookstores: KoboBooks.com and Borders Related Apps: Kobo Reader for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre Not Readily Compatible with Adobe-DRM EPUB and PDF Kindle 2 and Kindle DX – Kindle 3 out by September, 2010 Always wirelessly connected – Kindle 3 offers options of cheaper wi-fi only (requires local wi-fi) or more expensive wi-fi + 3G (their ‘Whispernet’ service) Primary Bookstores: Amazon.com Related Apps: Kindle for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, Android Apple iPad Note: Overdrive has an iPhone/iPad Always wirelessly connected app for their Overdrive Media Primary Bookstore: iBookstore Console (OMC) software for Related Apps: (most iPhone apps will run on the iPad) e-audiobooks. They are developing • B & N Reader for iPad an upgrade to the OMC for e-books, • Kindle for iPad and will likely (?) integrate that into • Kobo Reader for iPhone the iPhone/iPad app. Stay tuned! • Many magazines are developing iPad apps such as Popular Science This page edited with permission from Johnson County (KS) Library handout
  3. 3. • Multiple other free e-reader apps This page edited with permission from Johnson County (KS) Library handout

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