Availability of content still an issue, although we have found that Overdrive’s switching to MobiPocket improves range of content; PC-based services like e-brary tend to be rather esoteric for public library users; very interested in specialist collections like Safari We went into the project pretty much believing the research insofar as the technology/collections not being suitable to leisure reading; responses from users, especially mobile, housebound, visually-impaired have proved us wrong. The major drawback not necessarily the technology, although something bigger than a PDA might be preferred, but lack of suitable content Our users offered us many reasons why the collections might be suitable for various people
Major concern over the ability/priority applied by Corporate IT partners in implementing services requiring complex functionality software (e-books, chat reference). Process of procurement, purchasing, and implementation at the very least bureaucratic, adding quite a bit of time on to the whole process; at the most obstructive Size of PDA a problem, especially the screen (why we would like to experiment with Notepads etc at risk of cutting down on portability); stylus and buttons too small; battery life a big drawback. Still, there are workarounds for the stylus (American Arthritic Foundation), the battery life; and the lightweight and portability of the PDA was considered a plus, especially if reading a long/big book This arose with the day care centre people: because there would be a tendency to borrow self-help type books, the PDAs ensured privacy of reader, especially in a public environment
If Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Do Public Librarians Dream of Electronic Books: E-books in Essex Martin Palmer, Strategic Manager: Transformation & Resources, Essex County Council Linda Berube Co-East, Regional Manager
I read quickly and was irritated by the flicker of moving the small pages on. Not easy to check back when I want to. I found it very irritating
The iPAQ is a much less enjoyable reading experience. The 'page-size' is too small. The iPAQ imposes it's pressure on the experience in a way that the paper book does not
Feel-look-texture-look of a library. Books more personal - just more technology, not as interesting as a book can be - older appreciate a book. Think it puts you off reading. Long term eyesight effects? Would turn us off reading. Not clear how we buy. How we get books - costs?
Cost and browser use. End of libraries such as Loughton and Debden