E-books & E-readers @ Mott Library May 23, 2012Presentation Transcript
e-books and e-readers @ your library May 23, 2012
e-books and e-readers • What is a book? • History of e-books • History and characteristics of e-readers • Finding & downloading e-books • What’s next for – Librarians – Consumers – Educators
What is a book? A book is a technology… formats change and coexist
What is a book? • Container – Physical format – Electronic format • Content – Ideas, essays, poetry, stories – Illustrations • Length – 80,000 words = 320 pages – 100,000 words = 400 pages
History of e-books What year was the first e-book made available?
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. 1980s and 1990s – Encyclopedias, directories on CD-ROM 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 2012 As of May, Project Gutenberg claims to have over 39,000 items in its collection.
Which is better, printed books or e-books?
How are e-books legally different from print? Print books E-books • Copyright law • Contract law • Fair Use • Licensing • Right of first sale • DRM
History of hand held e-readers What year was the first hand held e-reader made available?
History of hand held e-readers 1998 The first e-book readers available on the consumer market, the Rocket ebook and the SoftBook. 2006 Sony 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 released 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 November, Amazon released Kindle Fire (color tablet) and Kindle Touch (E Ink touch screen); B&N Nook Tablet 2012 May, B&N releases Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
Which e-reader is best for me? Top Ten Reviews eBook Reader comparisons
Which e-reader is best for me? E Ink Color • Easier to read • Light emitting • Mimics ink on paper • Great for images • Crisp text • Eye fatigue • Can read in full • Washes out in sunlight sunlight • Can read in the dark
Which e-reader is best for me? E-Reader with E Ink Color E-Reader or Tablet PC • Reading books, text • Reading • Single purpose device magazines, Internet use, apps • Read in bright light • Multi-function device • Easy on the eyes • Can read in the dark • Half pound • Emits light, eye fatigue • 6-7 inch screen • 1 to 1.5 pounds • Battery duration between charges up to one month • 7-10 inch screens • $79-$199 • Battery duration of one day or so depending on use • $199-$500
How do I get e-books onto my e-reader? Consumer purchased: Library provided: • Buy e-books from the • Library buys e-books provider associated with from library vendors your e-reader • Library user must be • Download free e-books eligible to use the service from Project Gutenberg • Majority of library e-books • Download through wifi or can be read through a 3G directly to device web browser • Connect device to • Several step process to computer then drag and download to e-reader drop book to device
What e-books does the library offer? http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site234/2011/0426/20110426__webtoon424ebook.jpg
What e-books does the Mott Library offer? • ebrary College Collection – 28,000 + titles – Subscription database, new content added continuously – Simultaneous use – Download chapter or whole book for up to 2 weeks • Netlibrary, now EBSCOhost eBook Collection – 13,000 titles, 2007 and earlier – Own in perpetuity – One user at a time • Gale e-Reference – Encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals – Own in perpetuity – Simultaneous use
Demonstration • How to download ebrary books to your Kindle, Nook, and iPad
What’s next? For Consumers • Choice of format • Access • Digital rights • ADA compliance • Privacy
What’s next? For Mott Librarians • Monitor trends • Learn how to use new devices so we can teach others • Balance and adjust purchasing patterns, % print and % electronic • Know what users need and want • Begin lending preloaded Kindles to MCC faculty and staff, Summer 2012
What’s next? For Educators • What are the differences between reading on screen vs. paper? • How does reading on screen rewire how our brain functions and the way we learn, create, and share knowledge? • How has the mobile, social, 24x7 environment impacted students’ attention spans and ways of learning? – Continuous partial attention – Info-snacking – Alone together • Pew presentation at Educause 2011: As Learning Goes Mobile, http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2011/Oct/Educase-2011.aspx