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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