Packaged Paper on Digital Devices: Expanding the Professional and Personal Value of eReaders


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Packaged Paper on Digital Devices: Expanding the Professional and Personal Value of eReaders

  1. 1. Packaged Paper on Digital Devices: Expanding the Professional and Personal Value of eReaders<br />PNLA 2011<br />Lorena O’English<br />Washington State University Libraries<br /><br />Twitter, Skype, Yahoo/GTalk IM: wsulorena<br /><br />
  2. 2. Me…<br />Kindle 2 for Christmas 2009<br />A love of Victorian/Edwardian novels (some of which were not Kindle-friendly…)<br />Jesse Bell/Mrs George de Horne Vaizey<br />Lots and lots of papers under my desk <br /> at work…<br />Reports<br />Articles<br />Reports<br />(If you like L.M. Montgomery <br />or Louisa May Alcott, you’ll <br />probably like her too!)<br />
  3. 3. I Discovered calibre…<br /><br />
  4. 4. calibre and Metadata<br />
  5. 5. calibre and Conversion<br />
  6. 6. Limitations of calibre<br />It’s easy, or its hard.<br />No columns or non-image tables (flowing issues)<br />Word docs must be saved as RTF or html<br />Updates require a reinstall (although most are not essential)<br />Not really for creating complex, full-featured ebooks<br />DRM?<br /><br />
  7. 7. Advantages of calibre<br />Ebook/document/webpage conversion to read on ereaders and smartphones<br />Can set up auto-delivery of online blogs, newspapers, and more.<br />Works with many, many ebook formats<br />Metadata, searching, organizing, catalog<br />Archiving<br />Can use as it a server and access your etexts wirelessly <br />Developer and user community (mobilereads)<br />DRM?<br />
  8. 8. So Of Course I Blogged About It (and newlettered about it)…<br />Kindle + Calibre (with a dash of <br />Samsung Moment...) <br />Another 'Lorena's Look' – <br />More on Ebooks and Ereaders<br />
  9. 9. Online Converters: 2EPUB<br />
  10. 10. Online Converters: Epub2Go<br />
  11. 11. Online Creator: GrabMyBooks<br />
  12. 12. Limitations of Online Converters and Creators<br />Limited file size<br />Limited formats – input and output<br />Your stuff is on their servers – watch out for proprietary or sensitive information!<br />Some services look a bit dodgy…read comments and reviews carefully!<br />
  13. 13. EPUBReader(Firefox add-on)<br />
  14. 14. Content Repackaging and Creation<br />Libraries tend to focus <br />internally on process and <br />externally on content <br />Interested in how mobile<br />formats could be used to<br />repackage/create useful<br />resources for the WSU <br />community – documents,<br />rather than books….<br />
  15. 15. Why Convert or Create for eReaders and Smartphones?<br />Always with you/your user/your worker/your student/etc.<br />Device/app affordances: bookmark, highlight, annotate, text-to-speech, share<br />Edocs (EPUB/mobi) flow better than PDF files on a smaller screen<br />Font sizes can be changed; background can be changed (white on black, sepia)<br />Once downloaded, they don’t need a Web connection<br />They can’t be edited<br />Sustainability issues: paperless<br />
  16. 16. Issues<br />Can’t require people to load your edocs on their devices<br />Device idiosyncrasies<br />Complex formatting doesn’t work well (columns and text tables are right out…)<br />They can be annotated and more if the device allows, but can’t be edited.<br />
  17. 17. I Offered a Class (via WSU HRS)<br />
  18. 18. TheUser Community<br />The share of adults in the United States <br />who own an e-book reader doubled to <br />12% in May, 2011  from 6% in November <br />2010.<br />E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months<br />
  19. 19. They *Like* Their Smartphones!<br />A lot…<br />Smartphone Adoption and Usage<br />
  20. 20. Focus on College Students <br />When it comes to accessing <br />the internet on a mobile device<br />such as a laptop or cell phone,<br />young non-students (79% of <br />whom are wireless users) are a<br />bit less likely to go online <br />wirelessly than either under-<br />graduate or graduate students,<br />but notably more likely than <br />the overall adult population to <br />do so. These differences in <br />wireless usage between students <br />and non-students are largely <br />driven by differences in laptop <br />computer ownership.<br />College Students and Technology<br />
  21. 21. Documents and Digital Devices<br />Documents and Digital Devices: Home<br />Devices and Reading Apps<br />Acquiring Documents <br />eBook formats<br />Converting documents<br />Organizing Documents<br />Reading Documents<br />Social Reading<br />Creating and Editing eBooks (from scratch)<br />Coda<br />eReaderxTras: Add-on Tools and Services<br />A Work in Progress! <br />
  22. 22. Class Comments and Interests<br />Will definitely use personally, and can see many apps for work, to carry policy docs, etc., with me..<br />Calibre is far more powerful than I had realized or explored.<br />You really have me thinking in terms of professional!<br />Interests: finding free books, OverDrive, device advice…<br />
  23. 23. An Example: Word to EPUB viewed on an iPad<br />
  24. 24. Closing Thoughts<br />Is a journal PDF (without ADE) an object under DRM?<br />Issues of the digital divide (although less for smartphones)<br />It’s still all about the Betamax…<br />Power and charge…Lorena's Power Law of Smartphones: Most of the time when you really need your smartphone, it will be out of power.<br />
  25. 25. eLagniappe: Screenreading Tools<br />Readability – ease of eye<br />Works with InstaPaperand Kindle ($)<br />ScrollyFox – autoscroller (FF only)<br />InstaPaper – save websites/documents for later<br />Works with InstaPaper, and the Kindle and iPhone/Pad<br />