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E-books and E-readers @ your library


This presentation provides a quick history and overview of e-books and e-readers, and a demonstration of how you can access the e-books provided by the Mott Library.

This presentation provides a quick history and overview of e-books and e-readers, and a demonstration of how you can access the e-books provided by the Mott Library.

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  • Book forms have changed dramatically over the last 1,000 yearsTechnological improvementsPapyrus, scrolls, Gutenberg printing press, hard cover, soft cover, talking books on audiocassette, audio CD, mp3The change from print book to e-book seems to be as disruptive as the change from hand written books to moveable type. Why do you think that is?
  • Is a book defined primarily by its container or its content? Or both?What matters more, form or content?Do you prefer a specific type of container? Hardcover, paperback, audio cassette, audio CD, mp3, ebook (photos)A book is long form writingUsing a font size of 12 points, at 25 lines per page, and about 10 words per lineTypical book is 80,000-100,000 words in lengthThat’s 320-400 pages in a typical sized book160 pages = 40,000 words500 pages = 125,000 wordJournal articles began being digitized 15-20 years ago. They are short, easy to read on the computer screen, inexpensive to printStarted with current issues forward, later digitized back files.Read on equipment already had access to - computer screen through web browser or Adobe Reader
  • Is an e-book a real book?You can read e-books on your computer, a dedicated e-reader, a tablet PC, a smart phoneWhy do you suppose digitizing books led to dedicated e-reader devices? Is it a length issue?Leisure reading vs. work reading?
  • 1998Rocketbook 4 MB or 4,000 pages would hold about 10 booksWeighed a little more than a poundCost $600Did not offer wireless downloads
  • Amazon’s Kindle Fire is a tablet version of the Kindle, $199Kindle Touch, $99 or $149, E Ink with touch screenSo with all of these options, how do you choose what is best for you?
  • We have lots of choices today!It is easy to be swayed by techno-lust!Do you want or needs lots of separate devices or one device that does it all?
  • What do sales figures tell us about e-reader popularity?More men own tabletsMore women own e-readersI expect tablet ownership to eventually exceed e-reader ownership. It’s all about functionality and price point
  • 42% of cell phone owners own a smart phone25% of smart phone owners go online primarily using their cell phoneAs of spring 2011:35% of smart phones use Android platform24% of smart phones are iPhones24% of smart phones are BlackberriesIf you have a smart phone, desktop or laptop – you already have an e-reader
  • 4 positively charged white pigments. 5 negatively charged black pigments. 6 transparent oil.
  • Which is better for reading outside in the sunlight? At night in the dark?Customer images uploaded at the Amazon Kindle store
  • Single function devices do one thing and do it wellMulti-function devices do many things, maybe not as good for reading booksDo you only want to read text? Dedicated e-reader do you also want to read your email, access the Internet, play games, etc?Tablet pc or smart phone readers tend to own e-readersMagazine and newspaper readers tend to own tablets
  • The half pound Kindle is lighter than a 500-page hard cover bookNook color weighs about 1 pound (bigger battery)iPads weigh about 1.5 poundsE-readers are typically smaller than tablets, 7 inches vs. 10 inchesSmart phones are even smallerKindle batteries can last one month or longer without charging – as long as wireless is turned offColor devices have shorter battery durationE-readers cost between $79-189Color Nook costs $250, Amazon Fire $199Tablet PCs cost around $500
  • We will see prices continue to fall – the ongoing revenue is in the e-books not the devices
  • E-books have been around a lot longer than e-readers1971, Project GutenbergEncyclopedias were very popular on CD-ROM in the 1990s – now these are online databasesReference books were easy to provide as searchable databases – not reading cover to cover, just want a small portion of the whole
  • From their inception, e-books have always been readable through a computerFrist through a CD-ROM and later with a web browserBut not easily portable until late 1990s and late 2000s
  • Kindle & AmazonNook & Barnes & NobleSony Reader & SonyiPad & AppleFile formats vary by deviceMost e-readers use wifi, Kindle also offers a 3G version (one time fee)Tablets either use wifi or pay monthly fee for 3G accessOverdrive e-books can be downloaded to Nook, Sony, iPad, or Kindle e-readers
  • Print books – Once you buy a print book you can do almost anything with it you wish (right of first sale)– Lend it, copy it, write in it, gift it, sell it, donate it, destroy it– Copyright protects owner’s right to copy, distribute, adapt the work– Fair use allows teachers to use portions of works in instructional settings without violating copyright – most often this is about copying and distributing portions of worksE-books are licensed– In most cases, you lease access to but do not own the e-book– Do not have right of first sale – in most cases cannot lend, cannot copy, sell, or donate it– Digital Rights Management is the copyright holders attempt to prevent illegal use of their content (music industry has given up on DRM for the most part)– Contract law trumps copyright law
  • Currently GDL and Flint Public offer Overdrive e-books that can be downloaded to personal e-readersYou can check out the book for 2-3 weeks just like a print book. Not sure if ebook disappears from your device or the access just turns off when due date arrives.One user per title unless buy multiple copies – just like print books.Mott Library does not have a contract with Overdrive
  • View all of these with web browser on a computer, tablet, smartphone
  • January 2012 - library surveyQuickly changing technology – need to keep up
  • Questions?


  • 1. e-books and e-readers @ your library
    October 19, 2011
  • 2. e-books and e-readers
    What is a book?
    Which e-reader is best for me?
    What e-books does the library offer?
    What’s next?
  • 3. What is a book?
  • 4. What is a book?
    Physical format
    Ideas, essays, poetry, stories
    80,000 words = 320 pages
    100,000 words = 400 pages
  • 5. What is a book?
  • 6. History of hand held e-readers
    What year was the first hand held e-reader made available?
  • 7. History of hand held e-readers
    1998 The first e-book readers available on the consumer market, the Rocket ebook and the SoftBook.
    2006Sony Reader with E Ink available on the consumer market.
    2007 Amazon launched the Kindle using E Ink technology.
    2009 Amazon released the Kindle 2 and Barnes & Noble releases the original Nook.
    2010 Apple released the iPad in April 2010. It includes an
    e-book app called iBooks.
    2010 Amazon released Kindle 3 in wi-fi and 3G versions.
    2010 Barnes & Noble released the NOOKcolor.
    2011  In July 2011, the iriver Story HD was released, the first
    e-reader to completely integrate with Google eBooks.
    2011 September, Amazon released Kindle Fire (color tablet) and Kindle Touch (E Ink touch screen)
  • 8. Which e-reader is best for me?
    Do your research
    Top Ten Reviews eBook Reader comparisons
  • 9. Which e-reader is best for me?
    Determine your needs
  • 10. Which e-reader is best for me?
  • 11. Which e-reader is best for me?
  • 12. Which e-reader is best for me?
    E Ink
    Easier to read
    Mimics ink on paper
    Crisp text
    Can read in full sunlight
    Light emitting
    Great for images
    Eye fatigue
    Washes out in sunlight
    Can read in the dark
  • 13. Which e-reader is best for me?
    Where do you plan to read your e-books?
  • 14. Which e-reader is best for me?
    Single-function device vs. multi-function device
  • 15. Which e-reader is best for me?
    Weight, size, portability
    Battery duration
  • 16. Which e-reader is best for me?
    E-Reader with E Ink
    Reading books, text
    Single purpose device
    Read in bright light
    Easy on the eyes
    Half pound
    6-7 inch screen
    Battery duration between charges up to one month
    Color E-Reader or Tablet PC
    Reading magazines, Internet use, apps
    Multi-function device
    Can read in the dark
    Emits light, eye fatigue
    1 to 1.5 pounds
    7-10 inch screens
    Battery duration of one day or so depending on use
  • 17. History of e-books
    What year was the first e-book made available?
  • 18. History of e-books
    1971  Michael S. Hart launched Project Gutenberg, the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books.
    1985  Robert Stein starts Voyager Company Expanded Books and books on CD-ROM.
    1993 Digital Book, Inc. offers the first 50 digital books in floppy disk with Digital Book Format (DBF).
    1996 Project Gutenberg reaches 1,000 e-books.
    2000  Stephen King offers his book "Riding the Bullet" in digital file; it can only be read on a computer.
    2010  As of November 2010, Project Gutenberg claimed over 34,000 items in its collection.
    2011 Amazon claims to have over 1 million e-books
    2011 Barnes & Nobles claims to have over 2 million e-books
  • 19. How do I get e-books onto my e-reader?
    Consumer purchased e-books:
    Buy e-books from the provider associated with your e-reader
    Download free e-books from Project Gutenberg
    Library purchased e-books:
    Buy from traditional library vendors
    Majority of library e-books are read through a web browser
    Overdrive allows downloads to personal devices
  • 20. How are e-books different from print?
    Print books
    Copyright law
    Fair Use
    Right of first sale
    Contract law
  • 21. What e-books does the library offer?
  • 22. What e-books does the library offer?
    ebrary College Collection
    28,000 + titles
    Subscription database, new content added continuously
    Simultaneous use
    Netlibrary, now EBSCOhost eBook Collection
    13,000 titles, 2007 and earlier
    Own in perpetuity
    One user at a time
    Gale e-Reference
    Encyclopedias, handbooks
    Own in perpetuity
    Simultaneous use
  • 23. What’s next?
    Need to balance and adjust % print and % electronic resources purchased
    Find out what our users need and want
    Contract with Overdrive?
    Lending preloaded Kindles?
    Impact of e-books on our brain function and the way we learn and share knowledge?
  • 24. Learn more
    LibGuide on E-Books and E-Readers