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eBooks & eReaders<br />Michael SauersTechnology Innovation LibrarianNebraska Library Commission<br />
A brief history of eBooks<br />
<ul><li>Started with the U.S. Constitution typed into a mainframe
Now contains over 30,000 free e-texts in multiple DRM-free formats</li></ul>3<br />1971: Project Gutenberg<br />
<ul><li>Foresaw the current e-book readers
Predicted the “end of publishing as we know it”</li></ul>4<br />1989: Cyberbooks<br />
<ul><li>The first “Personal Digital Assistant”
“Newton Books”
Suspended in 1998</li></ul>5<br />1993: Apple Newton<br />
<ul><li>Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback
Weighs only 22 ounces
Stores about 4,000 pages--the equivalent of 10 novels
Speech-quality audio for documents published with audio content
Long battery life--17 to 33 hours per charge</li></ul>6<br />1999: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook<br />
<ul><li>PC eBook reading software
ClearType technology
Annotations
Pan & Zoom
Highlighting
Dictionary
Battery life dependent on platform(desktop vs. laptop)</li></ul>7<br />2000: Microsoft Reader<br />
<ul><li>Mobipocket Reader software
Download content over the air (OTA)
Syncs with desktop
Annotation
Highlighting
Dictionary
Software compatible with devices other than the Treo</li></ul>8<br />2002: Palm Trēo<br />
<ul><li>Used in combination with Microsoft Reader software
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A brief history of eBooks and eReaders. This material was created as part of the 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services 21st Century Librarian program grant to the Nebraska Library Commission.

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  • My name is Michael and I’m an eBook Curmudgen
  • Mine’s autographed. Oh yeah, autograph my Kindle Mr. Bova!
  • “The principal components of electronic ink are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a negative electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule where they become visible to the user. This makes the surface appear white at that spot. At the same time, an opposite electric field pulls the black particles to the bottom of the microcapsules where they are hidden. By reversing this process, the black particles appear at the top of the capsule, which now makes the surface appear dark at that spot.”http://www.eink.com/technology/howitworks.html
  • Jenny Levine, Union Station
  • October 2008
  • Overdrive supportWiFiSome have touchscreen
  • iRiver StoryKoboSamsung PapyrusAsusDR-570 &amp; DR-950Owen E1Cool-erViewsonic VEB-612Pocketbook 360Cybook OpusFoxIteSlickeGriver IDEOiRiver Digital Reader 800Paradigm Shift&apos;s EER-051D for just $130. 5-inch color screen, and packs an FM tuner along with the usual MP3 support, plus a photo viewer, 2GB of internal memory, an SD card slot for expansion, and support for most popular e-book formats.
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    1. 1. eBooks & eReaders<br />Michael SauersTechnology Innovation LibrarianNebraska Library Commission<br />
    2. 2. A brief history of eBooks<br />
    3. 3. <ul><li>Started with the U.S. Constitution typed into a mainframe
    4. 4. Now contains over 30,000 free e-texts in multiple DRM-free formats</li></ul>3<br />1971: Project Gutenberg<br />
    5. 5. <ul><li>Foresaw the current e-book readers
    6. 6. Predicted the “end of publishing as we know it”</li></ul>4<br />1989: Cyberbooks<br />
    7. 7. <ul><li>The first “Personal Digital Assistant”
    8. 8. “Newton Books”
    9. 9. Suspended in 1998</li></ul>5<br />1993: Apple Newton<br />
    10. 10. <ul><li>Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback
    11. 11. Weighs only 22 ounces
    12. 12. Stores about 4,000 pages--the equivalent of 10 novels
    13. 13. Speech-quality audio for documents published with audio content
    14. 14. Long battery life--17 to 33 hours per charge</li></ul>6<br />1999: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook<br />
    15. 15. <ul><li>PC eBook reading software
    16. 16. ClearType technology
    17. 17. Annotations
    18. 18. Pan & Zoom
    19. 19. Highlighting
    20. 20. Dictionary
    21. 21. Battery life dependent on platform(desktop vs. laptop)</li></ul>7<br />2000: Microsoft Reader<br />
    22. 22. <ul><li>Mobipocket Reader software
    23. 23. Download content over the air (OTA)
    24. 24. Syncs with desktop
    25. 25. Annotation
    26. 26. Highlighting
    27. 27. Dictionary
    28. 28. Software compatible with devices other than the Treo</li></ul>8<br />2002: Palm Trēo<br />
    29. 29. <ul><li>Used in combination with Microsoft Reader software
    30. 30. Promoted as a “reader” due to ability to easily convert screen to portrait mode</li></ul>9<br />2002: TabletPC<br />
    31. 31. <ul><li>First eInk-based device
    32. 32. AAA batteries
    33. 33. Available only in Japan</li></ul>10<br />2004: Sony Libré<br />
    34. 34. Content is not drawn, but “charged”<br />170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI)<br />Newspaper quality<br />Does not need power to hold a display, only to change it.<br />What is "eInk"<br />
    35. 35. Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164291155/<br />
    36. 36. <ul><li>Display</li></ul>eInk / non-backlit<br />800x600 resolution <br />Rotatable<br />4-level grayscale<br />Three text sizes<br /><ul><li>64MB built in storage
    37. 37. SD/Memory Stick card slot
    38. 38. USB data transfer
    39. 39. Approximately 7,500 page turns per charge
    40. 40. Approx. 9oz</li></ul>eReader PRS-500<br />
    41. 41. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/1240167805<br />
    42. 42. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/2050405275/<br />
    43. 43. <ul><li>Not an explicit eBook device
    44. 44. Multiple reader software packages available</li></ul>Stanza<br />Kindle<br />Barnes & Noble<br />eBook apps<br /><ul><li>Backlit non-eInk display</li></ul>16<br />06/2007: iPod Touch / iPhone<br />
    45. 45. 12/2007: Sony PRS-505<br /><ul><li>Minor improvements over the PRS-500</li></ul>8 levels of grayscale<br />Redesigned controls<br />Additional memory card slot<br />
    46. 46. <ul><li>6” screen
    47. 47. 200-title storage
    48. 48. Download wirelessly via “whispernet” (EVDO)
    49. 49. QWERTY Keyboard
    50. 50. Ability to add notes to text
    51. 51. Basic Web access</li></ul>18<br />12/2007: Amazon Kindle<br />
    52. 52.
    53. 53. <ul><li>Redesigned controls
    54. 54. WiFi added
    55. 55. 1500-title storage
    56. 56. 16 levels of grayscape
    57. 57. 20% faster page refresh
    58. 58. Text-to-speech option
    59. 59. 9.1mm thick</li></ul>20<br />02/2009: Kindle 2<br />
    60. 60. <ul><li>9.7” screen
    61. 61. Automatic screen rotation
    62. 62. 8.5mm thick
    63. 63. 3500-title storage
    64. 64. Designed for text-book market</li></ul>21<br />06/2009: Kindle DX<br />
    65. 65. 08/2009: Sony PRS-300/600/900<br />Pocket Edition<br />Daily Edition<br />Touch Edition<br />
    66. 66. <ul><li>6” eInk display and 3.5” color control display
    67. 67. 12.1oz
    68. 68. Android 1.5
    69. 69. User replaceable battery
    70. 70. Can share a book once with another person for up to two weeks</li></ul>23<br />11/2009: Barnes & Noble Nook<br />
    71. 71. <ul><li>iBooks app included
    72. 72. Kindle app available
    73. 73. “text-to-voice” via VoiceOver
    74. 74. 1.5lbs
    75. 75. 9.7” backlit glossy screen
    76. 76. Automatic screen rotation
    77. 77. WiFi and/or 3G
    78. 78. 9+ hours of battery life depending on Internet connectivity used</li></ul>04/2010: Apple iPad<br />
    79. 79. <ul><li>15.8oz
    80. 80. 7” screen
    81. 81. WiFi
    82. 82. 8GB internal storage
    83. 83. MicroSD slot
    84. 84. Android 2.2
    85. 85. Rootable</li></ul>25<br />11/2010: Barnes & Noble Nook Color<br />
    86. 86.
    87. 87. <ul><li>14.6oz
    88. 88. 7” screen
    89. 89. WiFi
    90. 90. 8GB internal storage
    91. 91. MicroSD slot
    92. 92. Android 2.3
    93. 93. Amazon Silk Browser</li></ul>27<br />11/2011: Kindle Fire<br />
    94. 94. ePub<br /><ul><li>.epub
    95. 95. Most common standard
    96. 96. Supported by nearly every device except the Kindle
    97. 97. DRM can be added to it
    98. 98. Adobe DRM most common form of DRM used for ePub (.acsm)</li></ul>28<br />eBook File Formats<br />Mobipocket<br /><ul><li>.mobi
    99. 99. Supported by many platforms
    100. 100. Main format for use on the Kindle
    101. 101. DRM can be added to it</li></ul>Kindle<br /><ul><li>.azw
    102. 102. Amazon’s proprietary format
    103. 103. .mobi + DRM</li></li></ul><li>Michael Sauers<br />msauers@nlc.state.ne.us<br />http://travelinlibrarian.info/<br />http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ebooks<br />Thank You!<br />
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