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This presentation was given March 23, 2010, as part of the LSU Libraries Tech Talk Series, facilitated by Digital Technologies Librarian Rebecca Miller.

This presentation was given March 23, 2010, as part of the LSU Libraries Tech Talk Series, facilitated by Digital Technologies Librarian Rebecca Miller.

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  • Electronic Books
    March Tech Talk
    March 23, 2010
  • Definition & History
    eBooks:
    First produced by Project Gutenberg in the 1970s
    Had to be read using a computer until late 1990s
    Started out for small and very targeted markets: technical manuals, etc.
    Most books that were digitized were already in the public domain
  • eReaders (standalone)
    eReaders:
    Came on the market in the late 1990s
    Dedicated hardware devices for accessing e-books
    Specifically designed for the reading experience
    Are available for the general consumer to use
    Market is dominated by only a few eReaders:
    Amazon Kindle ($259)
    B&N Nook ($259)
    Sony Reader ($169-$399)
  • Other “readers”
    eBooks are also available via other devices:
    “Regular” computers
    Laptops, netbooks
    Smartphones
    May need special
    software applications
  • Possible document formats
    Not all documents can be read on all devices.
    Some possible formats include:
    PDF
    Broadband eBooks (BBeB): proprietary (Sony)
    RTF
    Amazon Whispernet (AZW): proprietary (Amazon)
    HTML
  • For Amazon Kindle, from wikipedia
  • Conversion
    There are many proprietary and free ebook converters that can convert documents to the formats appropriate for the device you’re using:
    http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_conversion
  • Digital Rights Management
    DRM=limitations for the user
    Prevents transferring, copying, printing, too many downloads, etc.
    Always check to see what limitations may come with the document you’re purchasing/downloading
    Consumer comments re: DRM:
    “I call it a Swindle, not a Kindle”
    DRM-free?
    Project Gutenberg
    Manybooks (link at end of presentation)
    Quite a few others
  • Other (evolution of?) eReaders
    ALA Midwinter TechSource webinar:
    Blio (http://blioreader.com)
    Free eReader software
    Copia (http://www.thecopia.com)
    Social eReading experience
    Sophie (http://www.sophiecommons.org)
    “Redefines the notion of a book”
  • Advantages
    Books are cheaper (around $10)
    Instantaneous access
    Space saver
    Environmentally friendly
    Access to many out of copyright texts
    Visual advantages for those with weak eyesight or for reading in direct sunlight
    Annotating/hyperlinking/etc.
    Many have read-aloud features
    Many have language
    translation features
  • Drawbacks
    Devices themselves are expensive
    Obsolescence (betamax metaphor)
    Susceptibility to damage
    All your “eggs” in one device
    Content compatibility
    Navigating tricky legal situations (from a library’s point of view)
  • Considerations
    How are advantages/disadvantages resolved?
    Consider:
    Use
    Lifestyle
    Preference
    Budget
    Savviness
  • University examples
    UT-Austin
    http://www.laits.utexas.edu/fi
    UVA
    http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=9509
    Penn State University Libraries’ 7 Things You Need to Know About Sony Readers in a Higher Ed Enviroment:
    http://www.libraries.psu.edu/etc/medialib/psulpublicmedialibrary/lls/documents.Par.53256.File.dat/7things_SonyReader.pdf
  • eReaders in libraries…
    From Farleigh Dickinson University Library
  • eReaders in libraries…
    And, from the ARL Mobile Technologies Report (January Tech Talk):
    University of Nebraska-Omaha’s (Criss Library) use of Kindles (Library Journal 6/17/2009)
    UNO's Kindle plan:
    “We do not see a violation of the terms of service agreement,” Joyce Neujahr, director of patron services, told LJ, after discussing the issue with library dean Stephen Shorb, who initially proposed that the library lend the device. “We have purchased the content on the Kindle, and loan the Kindle just like we loan a hardcover, print book. The difference is where that purchased book resides. Whether it is on a shelf, or on a Kindle, we have still purchased the title.”
    Neujahrnoted that, unlike BYU, UNO is using its nine Kindles to circulate requested best-sellers, not for ILL, and to the UNO community at large. Moreover, UNO is taking a conservative approach and not adding each title to several devices, though Amazon allows a book to be placed on multiple devices. She said UNO had not sought approval from Amazon but had consulted law professors, who agreed that the terms of use seem to bar only profit-seeking efforts to distribute the digital content to a third party.
  • More resources
    Horizon Report Resources:
    http://delicious.com/tag/hz10+ebooks
    Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
    Scribd:
    http://www.scribd.com
    DailyLit:
    http://dailylit.com
    ManyBooks.Net
    http://manybooks.net