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  • 1. E-Book Readers February 2010 Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library Offline 2010
  • 2. E-Ink vs. LED
  • 3. E-Ink
    • Advantages
      • Easier on the eyes
      • Longer battery life
    • Disadvantages
      • Single use device
      • No color makes photos and graphics less attractive and usable.
  • 4. E-Ink Readers
    • Amazon Kindle - $259 - $489
    • Barnes & Noble Nook - $259
    • Sony Reader - $199 - $399
    • Que - $649 - $799
    • Copia - ???
    • More coming…
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. AT&T Coverage (as advertized)
  • 8. AT&T Coverage (probably)
  • 9. Other Options?
    • WiFi
      • Nook, Que, iPad all come with wifi options
    • Download books/periodicals to computer and transfer to reader
  • 10. Cost of E-Books?
    • Apple iBooks $14.95 price point
    • Amazon’s battle with MacMillan over higher prices.
  • 11. Issues for Libraries
    • Licensing
    • Cost of devices
    • Others?