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    • E-Book Readers February 2010 Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library Offline 2010
    • E-Ink vs. LED
    • E-Ink
      • Advantages
        • Easier on the eyes
        • Longer battery life
      • Disadvantages
        • Single use device
        • No color makes photos and graphics less attractive and usable.
    • E-Ink Readers
      • Amazon Kindle - $259 - $489
      • Barnes & Noble Nook - $259
      • Sony Reader - $199 - $399
      • Que - $649 - $799
      • Copia - ???
      • More coming…
    • LED/LCD
      • Backlit computer screen
        • Amazon, B&N, Sony make reader software available for
          • Desktops
          • Laptops
          • Smart phones
        • Apple iPad – comes with iBooks app, presumably will also run iPhone apps for Kindle and B&N
    • Formats
      • Amazon’s proprietary DRM-protected format
      • ePub – Sony, B&N both use ePub but it’s DRM protected and limited to their own readers/software. Presumably this will also be the case with Apple iBook’s ePub.
      • PDF – All the readers I know of now support PDF but it’s not a great experience on smaller readers.
    • AT&T Coverage (as advertized)
    • AT&T Coverage (probably)
    • Other Options?
      • WiFi
        • Nook, Que, iPad all come with wifi options
      • Download books/periodicals to computer and transfer to reader
    • Cost of E-Books?
      • Apple iBooks $14.95 price point
      • Amazon’s battle with MacMillan over higher prices.
    • Issues for Libraries
      • Licensing
      • Cost of devices
      • Others?