Sony eReader


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Michael's presentation on the Sony eReader for the NLA/NEMA 2007 Fall Conference and Internet Librarian 2007. Both held in late October 2007.

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    1. 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission NLA/NEMA 2007 Fall Conference
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    3. 3. Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006
    4. 4. <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>
    5. 5. <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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    7. 7. <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>
    8. 8. <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>
    9. 9. <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>
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    11. 11. <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>
    12. 12. <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>
    13. 13. <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>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Alphabetical list of installed titles </li></ul><ul><li>Choose by number to open the book </li></ul>
    15. 15. <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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    23. 23. <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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    27. 27. <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>
    28. 28. <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>(The first two can be solved immediately but only by reducing battery life.) </li></ul>
    29. 29. <ul><li>I’m paying 80% of list price of a book but not getting a physical object. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, I’m paying for the “right to read” a title. </li></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>
    30. 30. <ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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