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  • 1. eBooks
    How do you solve a problem like eBooks?
    Shanna Caines
    550
    Dec. 10, 2009
    scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 2. Some History
    The idea of ebooks have been around for a long time
    In 1895, Albert Robida, predicted the end of books
    Gramophone or “speaking tube” would become small enough to carry around
    Shanna Caines; 550; Dec. 10, 2009; scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 3. A speaker records a book that a distant listener may later acquire and “read” at home, at leisure
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 4. A pocket-sized “reading device,” portable anywhere.
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 5. The automated book kiosk for “downloading” content.
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 6. “Reading” on a train-which dramatically resembles today’s plugged-in youth.
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 7. More History
    In 1968, Alan Kay proposed the DynaBook
    The DynaBook was never produced, but it is the forerunner to the eReaders we have today
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 8. Dynabook
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 9. More History
    In the 1970s the Gutenberg Project made thousands of books available for free as digital documents
    The 1990s brought the SoftBook Reader and Rocket eBook
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 10. More History
    softbook
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 11. More History
    Rocket eBook
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 12. More History
    In 2000, Stephen King released his novella Riding the Bullet exclusively as an ebook
    Over 100,000 people downloaded it
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 13. But where are eBooks now?
    Despite early success, eBooks have not been as successful as was previously hoped
    Why not?
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 14. What is an eBook?
    There is no standard definition to what an ebook is
    Possible definitions: “a digital object designed to be read on a handheld reading device or to be listened to from a speech-generating tool”
    “all linear texts of some length that can be shown on a computer screen”
    “electronic versions of documents already in print form
    eReader
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 15. How do you use it?
    There is no standard technology for reading ebooks
    eReaders
    Computers
    iPods
    Mobile phones
    Various other mobile devices
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 16. Who owns it?
    Publishers are afraid of losing money on ebooks
    Publishers are so fiercely protective of their digital rights, there is little to no interoperability between ebook systems
    Digital Rights Management is still unclear regarding eBooks
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 17. Why don’t people like it?
    Difficult to read
    E-paper and e-ink has made things easier, but it does not compare to a printed book
    Cost prohibitive
    will become more popular as the technology becomes cheaper and prices go down
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 18. Why don’t libraries like it?
    Cheaper?
    On the surface, ebooks seem cheaper, but if patrons do not use them, what’s the point
    Difficult to implement
    The business model is geared towards individual sales, not libraries
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 19. Is there hope?
    ejournals are indispensible in academic libraries
    computer, technology, and how-to ebooks are popular in libraries
    Depending on how their implemented, some libraries have had great success with ebooks
    The industry is still evolving, the future may hold much better options then are currently available
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu
  • 20. References
    Armstrong, Chris, Louise Edwards, and Ray Lonsdale. “Virtually there? E-books in UK academic libraries” Program: electric library and information systems 36.4 (2002): 216-227. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Bennett, Linda and Monica Landoni. “E-books in academic libraries.” The Electronic Library 23.1 (2005): 9-16. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Cox, John. “E-Books: Challenges and Opportunities.” D-Lib Magazine 10.10 (2004): n. pag. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Dillon, Dennis. “E-books: the University of Texas experience, part 1” Library Hi Tech 19.2 (2001): 113-124. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Fowler, Geoffrey A. “E-Readers: They’re Hot Now, But the Story Isn’t Over.” The Wall Street Journal 2 December 2009: Web. 4 December 2009
    Gibbons, Susan. “Ebooks: Some Concerns and Surprises.” Libraries and the Academy 1.1 (2001): 71-75. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Harrison, Beverly. “E-Books and the Future of Reading.” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 20.3 (2000): 32-39. Web. 19 November 2000
    Hillesund, Terje. “Will E-books Change the World?” First Monday 6.10 (2001): n. pag. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Long, Sarah Ann. “The case for e-books: an introduction” New Library World 104.1184/1185 (2003): 29-32. Web. 19 November 2009.
    Stevenson, Iain. “Harry Potter, Riding the Bullet and the Future of Books: Key Issues in the Anglophone Book Business.” Pub Res Q 24 (2008): 277-284. Web. 9 December 2009.
    Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009, scaines@eden.rutgers.edu