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Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Eastern Library System 12 February 2008
Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Eastern Library System 12 February 2008
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164291155/ Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006
<ul><li>eBooks are heavy </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks can’t store much </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No room for expansion </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Long battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Light-weight </li></ul><ul><li>Expandable storage </li></ul><ul><li>Supports m...
<ul><li>6.9&quot; x 4.9&quot; x 0.5&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>8.8oz </li></ul><ul><li>In comparison: Rocket eBook Pro </li><...
<ul><li>Display </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eInk / non-backlit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>800x600 resolution  </li></ul></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Content is not drawn, but “charged” </li></ul><ul><li>170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper  quali...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirit635/479810101/
<ul><li>USB Type-B mini </li></ul><ul><li>DC in 5.2v </li></ul><ul><li>8mm headphone jack </li></ul><ul><li>SD/Memory Stic...
<ul><li>On/off sliding switch </li></ul><ul><li>Page forward/back (two sets) </li></ul><ul><li>Size (3 available settings)...
<ul><li>Continue Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>By Author </li></ul><ul><li>By Date </li></ul><ul><li>C...
<ul><li>Default list is alphabetical by title </li></ul>
<ul><li>Continue Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Begin </li></ul><ul><li>End </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Table...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164288637/
<ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Lock </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>About </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
<ul><li>RSS limited to built-in feeds & do not auto-update </li></ul><ul><li>Native-format titles must be purchased via So...
<ul><li>Speed up page turns </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce instances of ghosting </li></ul><ul><li>Whiter background </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Rearranged controls </li></ul><ul><li>8-level grayscale </li></ul><ul><li>Added ProDuo card slot </li></ul>
<ul><li>Same eInk technology as the Sony Reader </li></ul><ul><li>$399 </li></ul><ul><li>10.3oz </li></ul><ul><li>Books ge...
<ul><li>I’m paying 40-80% of list price of a book but not getting a physical object. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In other words,...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/1240167805
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/2050405275/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/2073940586/
<ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://travelinlibrarian.info/ </li></ul>
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    1. 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Eastern Library System 12 February 2008
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    3. 3. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Eastern Library System 12 February 2008
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    5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164291155/ Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006
    6. 6. <ul><li>eBooks are heavy </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks can’t store much </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No room for expansion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eBook battery life sucks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backlit displays </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They don’t support multiple formats </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t read them at an angle </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks aren’t books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished! </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Long battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Light-weight </li></ul><ul><li>Expandable storage </li></ul><ul><li>Supports multiple text formats </li></ul><ul><li>Text zooming </li></ul><ul><li>Read from almost any angle </li></ul>
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    9. 9. <ul><li>6.9&quot; x 4.9&quot; x 0.5&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>8.8oz </li></ul><ul><li>In comparison: Rocket eBook Pro </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5&quot; x 7.5&quot; x 1.5&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22oz </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Display </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eInk / non-backlit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>800x600 resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotatable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4-level grayscale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three text sizes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>64MB built in storage </li></ul><ul><li>SD/Memory Stick card slot </li></ul><ul><li>USB data transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 7,500 page turns per charge </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Content is not drawn, but “charged” </li></ul><ul><li>170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper quality </li></ul><ul><li>Does not need power to hold a display, only to change it. </li></ul>
    12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirit635/479810101/
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    16. 16. <ul><li>USB Type-B mini </li></ul><ul><li>DC in 5.2v </li></ul><ul><li>8mm headphone jack </li></ul><ul><li>SD/Memory Stick slot </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>On/off sliding switch </li></ul><ul><li>Page forward/back (two sets) </li></ul><ul><li>Size (3 available settings) </li></ul><ul><li>10 numbered keys (1-0) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark </li></ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Small joystick/enter </li></ul><ul><li>Volume control </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Continue Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>By Author </li></ul><ul><li>By Date </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>All Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Now Playing </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Settings </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Default list is alphabetical by title </li></ul>
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    22. 22. <ul><li>Continue Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Begin </li></ul><ul><li>End </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Info </li></ul><ul><li>Utilities </li></ul>
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    33. 33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164288637/
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    36. 36. <ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Lock </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>About </li></ul><ul><li>Restore Defaults </li></ul>
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    45. 45. <ul><li>RSS limited to built-in feeds & do not auto-update </li></ul><ul><li>Native-format titles must be purchased via Sony ® eConnect (no third-party vendors) </li></ul><ul><li>Not all PDFs display well (need to be reformatted for smaller display) </li></ul><ul><li>Audio playback severely impacts battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Non-color display </li></ul><ul><li>Pricey </li></ul><ul><li>No indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t read during takeoff and landing </li></ul><ul><li>Using in the tub is a bad idea </li></ul>
    46. 46. <ul><li>Speed up page turns </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce instances of ghosting </li></ul><ul><li>Whiter background </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for sale of eBook by other vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Full-text searching </li></ul><ul><li>Improved battery life when using storage cards </li></ul><ul><li>(The first two can be solved immediately but only by reducing battery life.) </li></ul>
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    49. 49. <ul><li>Rearranged controls </li></ul><ul><li>8-level grayscale </li></ul><ul><li>Added ProDuo card slot </li></ul>
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    52. 52. <ul><li>Same eInk technology as the Sony Reader </li></ul><ul><li>$399 </li></ul><ul><li>10.3oz </li></ul><ul><li>Books generally cheaper than those through Sony. ($9.99) </li></ul>
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    60. 60. <ul><li>I’m paying 40-80% of list price of a book but not getting a physical object. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, I’m paying for the “right to read” a title. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If I just wanted to read a title yet not own the book, I’d get it from the library for free? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If the Kindle dies so go my books. With the Sony Reader you can still read them on your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>The Kindle is not “library friendly”. </li></ul><ul><li>EVDO network hardly complete. A serious problem if you don’t live in Lincoln or Omaha. (Or on I-80.) </li></ul>
    61. 61. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/1240167805
    62. 62. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/2050405275/
    63. 63. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/2073940586/
    64. 64. <ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://travelinlibrarian.info/ </li></ul>
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