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  • 1. How I Learned to Love Reading Online Thursday, February 21, 2008 Beatley Library Simmons College
  • 2. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog , Caspar David Friedrich, 1818, PD
  • 3. Newsweek cover from Nov. 27, 2007
  • 4. From lawgeek’s flickr account ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdawg/1300241735/ ), last accessed 2/18/08
  • 5. Kindle details
    • $399 for device
    • 10.3 ounces
    • 6 inch display
    • Holds “hundreds” of books
    • Wireless connection using 3G network
    • Supports MOBI, Microsoft Word, HTML, TXT, PRC and image files
    • Newspapers, magazines, blogs, & books
    • Doesn’t require a computer
    • Keyboard
    • Not backlit
    • OED loaded
    • Wikipedia
    • $.10 for wireless conversion
    • PDF??
  • 6. Amazon.com’s Kindle storefront ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/133141011 ), last accessed 2/17/08
  • 7. Sony Stats
    • PRS-500 series
    • $299 for device
    • 9 ounces
    • 6 inch display
    • Internal memory holds up to 80 books
    • Connects to computer via UPB
    • BBeB Book , TXT, RTF, PDF*, Microsoft Word
    • Not backlit
    • No keyboard
    • Bookmarks
    • Switch Screen orientation
    *PDF can be created using Acrobat Standard or need to be unencrypted
  • 8. Ebookstore.sony.com, last accessed 2/17/08
  • 9. Fictionwise & eBookwise
    • eBookwise-1150
    • $110 plus shipping
    • 18 ounces
    • Screen the size of a paperback
    • Backlit screen
    • Memory: 8MB internal flash (10 books)
    • Can add up to 128MB card (200 books)
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Rocketbook , TXT, RTF, HTML, & Microsoft Word
    • Does not support PDF
    Image from http:www.ebookwise.com, last accessed 2/17/08
  • 10.  
  • 11. Other readers available
    • UBIT’s walkbook
    • Supports: PDF, TXT, DOC, HTML, MP3, WOL and image files
    • $310
    • Istanbul, Turkey
    • Bookeen’s Cybook
    • Supports: PDF, TXT, HTML, PDB, Mobi, MP3 and image files
    • $350
    • iRex Iliad
    • Supports: PDF / HTML / TXT / JPG / BMP/ PNG
    • $699
    • 8.1” screen
  • 12. Other “readers”? Image from Kimbooktu ( http://kimbooktu.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/bookish-wallpaper-ii/ ), last accessed 2/17/08
  • 13. iphone 3.5 inch screen 5 hour battery life? Not technically an ebook devices, but . . . Textonphone.com Image from http://www.apple.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 14. Gphone
    • Big question mark
    • No delivery date
    • Software only
    • Ebook capabilities?
    Image from Feb 18, 2008 entry at http://www.google-phone.com/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 15. OLPC From OLPC’s site (http://laptop.org)
  • 16. Other Mini PCs
    • Kojinsha E8 subnotebook
    • Windows XP
    • AMD Goede LX800 processor
    • 512MB of memory
    • Touch screen (1024x600 resolution)
    • Memory card slot
    • USB port
    • 3.5 hours of continuous use time
    • Between $529 and $635
    • EEE PC from Asus
    • Linux operating system
    • 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU
    • 4 GB of solid state memory.
    • 7-inch wide color LCD with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution
    • Memory card slot
    • 3 USB 2.0 ports
    • 3.5 hours of continuous use time
    • $400 at Amazon.com
    • Selection of colors: White, Black, Pink, Blue, & Green
    http://www.arbus.com . Last accessed 2/19/08 http://aving.net/usa/news/default.asp , last accessed 2/19/08
  • 17. Polymer Vision’s Readius Image from 1/22/09 Wired blogs( http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/01/readius-ebook-p.html_ , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 18. Polymer Vision’s Readius
    • Good News
    • Cell phone & ebook reader
    • 5” Flexible screen
    • Download content wihtout USB
    • Bad News
    • Tri-band phone
    • For European market only
    • Release?
  • 19. Where’s the content? Image from http://www.lightupyourworld.nl/en/index_en.html , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 20. http://books.google.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 21. http://search.live.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 22. http://www.archive.org/details/texts , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 23. http://www.gutenberg.org/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 24.  
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  • 26. http://www.dailylit.com/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  • 27. http://www.the-future-of-ideas.com http://www2.oprah.com http://craphound.com/down/