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  • Electronic ink has millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. 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 to become visible. This makes the surface appear white at that location. 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 location. 1.upper layer 2.transparent electrode layer 3.transparent micro-capsules 4.positive charged white pigments 5.negative charged black pigments 6.transparent oil 7.electrode pixel layer 8.bottom supporting layer 9.light 10.white 11.black Show EPD Sony video
  • Show LiquaVista video

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  • 1. eBook Readers Macon Users Group January 12, 2010
  • 2. eBook Readers—Program Summary
    • File Formats
    • DRM (Digital Rights Management)
    • The Technology
    • Dedicated eBook Readers
    • eBook Reader Software for computers & cellphones
    • Where do you get eBooks?
    • Accessories
  • 3. File Formats
    • Choose an eBook reader that has a lot of books available.
    • Currently, these formats have the most eBooks available: Amazon Kindle (AZW, MOBI), MobiPocket (MOBI), Microsoft Reader (LIT), Barnes & Noble eReader & Nook (PNPd, PML), and Sony Reader (LRF, LRS, LRX).
    • Adobe PDF is also popular, but text does not always flow well because it expects full paper size pages.
    • ePUB is an emerging eBook standard format. It is an open format based on XHTML and XML. Sony recently switched its ebookstore to ePUB.
    • Some formats are only available for a few or even one type of device. Be sure your device will read the format you choose.
    • Free Calibre software can convert between many formats, if the file does not have DRM.
  • 4. Digital Rights Management (DRM)
    • DRM is supposed to protect the author and publisher of eBooks from pirating. Some opponents claim it also restricts activities that are both legal and reasonable use.
    • DRM restricts copying, printing and sharing ebooks. Currently, you can't lend, resell or give your ebooks away.
    • DRM prevents conversion to other formats. So if you buy a new eBook reader, you may have to repurchase your ebooks in the new format.
    • Not all ebook formats support DRM. Even if a format supports DRM, not all ebooks in that format will have DRM.
  • 5. Digital Rights Management (DRM)
    • In July 2009, Amazon.com remotely deleted purchased copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from customers’ Kindles with no warning, and refunded the purchase price.
    • The reason for the mass delete was that a third-party had added the books to Amazon but didn’t have the rights to do so.
    • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apologized. The company stated “We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances.”
  • 6. Dedicated eBook Readers The Technology—E Ink ®
    • Grayscale—number of shades varies from device to device.
    • Reflective display—not backlit—readable in direct sunlight.
    • Adjustable text size.
    • Low battery power consumption—up to two weeks. No power required to maintain an image.
    • Paper-like high contrast.
    • Minimum 167 pixels per inch (vs. 72–96 for LCD screens)
    • Electronic ink carries a charge enabling it to be updated through electronics. Electronic paper displays (EPDs) require no front or back light, are viewable under a wide range of lighting conditions.
    • The first commercial product using an EPD is the Sony Librié, launched in Japan in April 2004. EPDs are now being made for transportation signs in Europe.
  • 7. Dedicated eBook Readers The Technology—E Ink ® [EPD Sony video]
  • 8. Dedicated eBook Readers The Technology—LiquavistaColor
    • Full color, video capable
    • Reflective display—not backlit—readable in bright sunlight
    • Adjustable text size
    • Low power consumption, even for video display
    • Uses electro-wetting: modifying the surface tension of liquids (colored oil film) on a solid surface using a voltage. Without voltage, the colored oil forms a continuous film and the color is visible. When voltage is applied to a display pixel, the oil is displaced and the pixel becomes transparent. When different pixels are independently activated, the display can show content, such as a photograph or video.
    • Up to 4x brighter than LCDs—Liquavista will be used in many other devices
    • [LiquaVista video]
  • 9. Dedicated eBook Readers The Technology—LiquavistaColor
    • From tweetphoto.com, at CES 2010: “BeBook just showed me their new color and video e-prototype in a corner of Central Hall. Said I was the fifth person ever to see it! Check it out.”
  • 10. Dedicated eBook Readers Which One is Right for You?
    • Size (5”, 6” or larger) and weight
    • Shades of gray (4, 8, 16)
    • Supported formats
    • Internal memory and expansion slots (SD, SDHC)
    • File transfer—USB, WiFi, Bluetooth
    • Charging—USB, wall charger
    • Battery life—usually 7500 page turns or more, up to 2 weeks. Greatly reduced by wireless, MP3, text to speech.
    • Other features—touchscreen, dictionary, note taking & highlighting, text to speech, MP3 player.
    • Cost of books
    • Price—$199 and up
  • 11. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Pocket (PRS-300)—$199
  • 12. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Pocket (PRS-300)—$199
    • 5” diagonal, 8-level grayscale
    • Size: 6.2" x 4.2" x 0.4"; Weight: 7.8 ounces
    • Pink, silver or navy
    • Comes with USB cable and sleeve. Book cover sold separately. Can also be charged with a PSP power adapter.
    • Supports PC & Mac. No wireless capability.
    • Storage: 512MB internal, holds up to 350 books.
    • Formats: BBeB (LRF/LRX), PDF, EPUB, TXT, RTF, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG
    • Battery: up to 2 weeks, 7500 page turns.
    • No speakers, audio jack, dictionary, search, highlighting, or text to speech.
    • New releases are usually $9.99.
  • 13. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Touch (PRS-600)—$299
  • 14. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Touch (PRS-600)—$299
    • 6” diagonal, 8-level grayscale, touchscreen
    • Size: 6.9" x 4.8" x 0.4"; Weight: 10.1 ounces
    • Red, silver or black
    • Comes with USB cable and sleeve. Book cover sold separately. Can also be charged with a PSP power adapter.
    • Supports PC & Mac. No wireless capability.
    • Storage: 512MB internal, holds up to 350 books. Expansion slots for MMC, SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
    • Formats: BBeB (LRF/LRX), PDF, EPUB, TXT, RTF, JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, MP3, AAC
    • Battery: up to 2 weeks, 7500 page turns. Less when playing music.
    • Has audio jack, dictionary, search & highlighting. No speakers or text to speech.
  • 15. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Daily (PRS-900)—$399
  • 16. Dedicated eBook Readers Sony Reader Daily (PRS-900)—$399
    • 7” diagonal, 16-level grayscale, touchscreen
    • Size: 8.1" x 5" x 0.6"; Weight: 12.75 ounces
    • Comes with leather cover, zipper case, AC charger, USB cable, stylus.
    • No computer required—it’s wireless (3G, HSPA, UMTS, Edge & GPRS, no fee). Supports PC & Mac.
    • Storage: 2GB internal, holds up to 350 books. Expansion slots for MMC, SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo.
    • Formats: ePub, PDF, TXT, RTF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3, AAC.
    • Battery: Up to 1 week with wireless on; up to 2½ weeks with it off.
    • Has audio jack, dictionary, search & highlighting. No speakers or text to speech.
  • 17. Dedicated eBook Readers Amazon Kindle—$259
  • 18. Dedicated eBook Readers Amazon Kindle—$259
    • 6" diagonal, 16-level grayscale.
    • Size: 8" x 5.3" x 0.36"; Weight: 10.2 ounces
    • Comes with power adapter, USB cable. Book cover sold separately.
    • No computer required—it’s wireless (3G & EDGE/GPRS, no fee). Supports PC & Mac.
    • Storage: 2GB internal, holds up to 1,500 books.
    • 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
    • Formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (AA, AAX), MP3, unprotected MOBI, and PRC; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP with conversion.
    • Battery: up to 1 week with wireless on; up to 2 weeks with wireless off.
    • Experimental Text-to-Speech feature. Built-in dictionary.
    • New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are usually $9.99.
  • 19. Dedicated eBook Readers Amazon Kindle DX—$489
    • Same features as Kindle, but larger:
    • 9.7" diagonal, 16-level grayscale.
    • Size: 10.4" x 7.2" x 0.38". Weight: 18.9 ounces.
    • Storage: 4GB internal, holds up to 3,500 books.
  • 20. Dedicated eBook Readers Barnes & Noble Nook—$259
  • 21. Dedicated eBook Readers Barnes & Noble Nook—$259
    • 6" screen, 16 levels gray. Plus 3.5” color LCD touchscreen for navigation.
    • Size: 7.7" x 4.9" x 0.5"; Weight: 11.2 ounces
    • Comes with AC adapter, USB cable. Book cover sold separately.
    • No computer required—it’s wireless (3G & WiFi, no fee). Supports PC & Mac.
    • Storage: 2GB internal, holds up to 1,500 books, plus Micro SD slot.
    • 3.5mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers.
    • Formats: EPUB (Non or Adobe DRM), PDB (Non DRM), PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3.
    • Battery: up to 10 days with wireless off, about 2 days playing music.
    • Built-in dictionary. No Text-to-Speech. Try in store before buying. Lend to and from any device with the Barnes & Noble eReader application, one time per book for up to 14 days.
  • 22. Dedicated eBook Readers Spring Design Alex
  • 23. Dedicated eBook Readers Spring Design Alex—$359
    • Just introduced at CES 2010. (63 eBook vendors attended CES.)
    • Will be partnering with Borders.
    • Dual-screen—6” screen, plus full color 3.5” touchscreen LCD.
    • Browse the Internet on the LCD screen & download eBooks.
    • Built-in MP3 player and speakers, or use earphones.
    • Plays MP4 and Flash videos.
    • Compatible with Wi-Fi, 3G, EVDO/CDMA and GSM for Internet access.
    • A mobile Android device with email, calculator and media player. Android developers may create new applications.
    • Read for up to two weeks without recharging the battery, with browsing and wireless off.
  • 24. Dedicated eBook Readers Skiff Reader
  • 25. Dedicated eBook Readers Skiff Reader
    • Just introduced at CES 2010.
    • Biggest e-Reader—1600×1200 11.5-inch full touchscreen that should do justice to magazine and newspaper layouts.
    • First to feature an EPD using a thin, flexible sheet of stainless-steel foil. (Others use a fragile glass EPD.) Shatter-proof & crack-proof.
    • 9” x 11” x 0.268”, weighs 17.57 oz
    • 4GB of on-board storage, with SDHC card expansion
    • Speakers and 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Content can be loaded via USB or WiFi.
    • Battery: Average 1 week.
    • 3G is also available from Sprint, who will sell the Skiff online and in its retail stores when it launches sometime this year.
  • 26. eBook Reader Software Devices that can be used as eBook Readers
    • Computers, notebooks and netbooks (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    • Smartphones (Android, Symbian, Blackberry, iPhone)
    • Cell phones that support Java standard for mobile applications (J2ME).
    • iPod Touch MP3 player
    • Nintendo DS
    • Sony PSP
    • Palm OS devices
    • Pocket PC
  • 27. eBook Reader Software MobiPocket.com
    • Free software
    • eBooks are about 2x the cost of Kindle eBooks.
    • Free Mobipocket Creator 4.2 Home Edition—create your own ebooks, photo albums—take your personal content with you.
    • Available for these devices:
  • 28. eBook Reader Software eReader.com
    • Free software from Barnes & Noble (Fictionwise)
    • Same format used by Nook eBook reader. eBooks purchased from BN.com will sync between your Nook and other devices with the Barnes & Noble eReader app, so you always return to the last page you read.
    • eBooks are about 2x the cost of Kindle eBooks.
    • Available for these devices:
  • 29. eBook Reader Software iPhone & iPod Touch Apps
    • iReading is a completely free online eBook reader and library.
    • Barnes & Noble eReader is also free. No Nook required.
    • Kindle for iPhone is also free. No Kindle required.
    • Buy books from the Amazon website using the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPod Touch and get it auto-delivered wirelessly. Books you purchase can also be read on a Kindle.
    • Automatically synchronizes your last page read between the iPhone & Kindle.
    • Adjust the text size, add bookmarks, and view the annotations you created on your Kindle.
    • Doesn’t support newspapers & periodicals, read books aloud, allow you to enter notes or highlight text, look up words in a dictionary, or perform searches.
  • 30. eBook Reader Software Blio Reader—www.BlioReader.com
    • • Free color reader software for PCs, netbooks, tablets & mobile devices.
    • • Launching in February
    • • Over 1 million free books
    • • Huge library of current bestsellers for sale: cookbooks, travel guides, how-to books, schoolbooks, art books, children’s stories & magazines.
  • 31. eBook Reader Software Adobe Digital Editions
    • Free download, available for Windows and Mac computers.
    • Handles PDFs with DRM (Digital Rights Management).
    • Read PDFs with DRM on your computer, or transfer them to your Sony Reader.
    • Required for borrowing library eBooks through OverDrive..
    • [demonstrate ADE]
  • 32. Where do you get eBooks? OverDrive for Libraries
    • OverDrive.com handles distribution of eBooks & digital audiobooks for most public libraries. You must have a library card from a member library. Each library determines how much of OverDrive’s content it makes available to patrons.
    • Fontana Libraries currently do not offer eBooks.
    • Haywood County Public Library is a member of the North Carolina Digital Library (NCDL), which uses OverDrive. We can get HCPL library cards by applying in person.
    • Currently, NCDL has just 185 PDF & MobiPocket eBooks, 187 MP3 audiobooks, and 2857 WMA audiobooks.
    • NCDL eBooks are checked out for 7 days before they expire.
    • Many libraries in Florida also use OverDrive. Usually you must apply in person, but you can often do so as a visitor.
  • 33. Where do you get eBooks? Free eBooks
    • These links are included in the handout on the club website.
    • Public domain books lovingly formatted by MobileRead users—www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=132
    • Baen Free Library (Sci-Fi)—www.baen.com/library/
    • Many Books—www.manybooks.net
    • Project Gutenberg’s out-of-copyright books—www.gutenberg.org
    • MobileRead’s list of free eBook sources—wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Free_eBooks
  • 34. Where do you get eBooks? Ebook Stores
    • These links are included in the handout on the club website.
    • Kindle—www.amazon.com/kindle/
    • Sony—readerstore.sony.com
    • Nook—www.bn.com/ebooks/
    • Sony, PC, Mac, iPhone, Astak, Bookeen, plus audiobooks—www.booksonboard.com
    • MultiFormat (purchase a book & download it in one format or all 13 formats)—www.fictionwise.com
    • MobileRead’s list of eBook Stores—wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_stores
  • 35. Accessories Oberon Design Covers—$72 and up
    • Available for Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook
    • www.OberonDesign.com
  • 36. Accessories M-Edge Covers—$25 and up
    • Available for Amazon Kindle & Sony Reader
    • Cost $25-$40 and up
    • www.MEdgeStore.com
    • New Kindle cover is waterproof & floats!
  • 37. Accessories Decal Girl Skins—$15
    • Available for Kindle, Nook, Reader & Bookeen Cybook
    • www.DecalGirl.com
  • 38. Accessories Book Lights—$15-25
  • 39. Accessories M-Edge Flexstand—$20