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