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Presented at the Library 2.013 conference on 19 October 2013.

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  • My name is Michael and I’m an eBook Curmudgeon.
  • Mine’s autographed. Oh yeah, autograph my Kindle Mr. Bova!
  • “The principal components of electronic ink are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a negative electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule where they become visible to the user. This makes the surface appear white at that spot. At the same time, an opposite electric field pulls the black particles to the bottom of the microcapsules where they are hidden. By reversing this process, the black particles appear at the top of the capsule, which now makes the surface appear dark at that spot.”http://www.eink.com/technology/howitworks.html
  • Jenny Levine, Union Station
  • http://www.ectaco.com/jetBook_Color/$499
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  • http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/plastic-logic-reveals-paper-tablet-computer-a-thin-flexible/
  • Video @ http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/hands-on-with-the-sony-13-3-inch-prototype-e-reader
  • http://gizmodo.com/e-ink-smartphone-flip-covers-are-a-wonderful-idea-1327350050

eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future Presentation Transcript

  • Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission Library 2.013, 19 October 2013
  • 1971: Project Gutenberg • Started with the U.S. Constitution typed into a mainframe • Now contains over 40,000 free e-texts in multiple DRMfree formats
  • 1988: NeXT Computer • First computer to include searchable eBooks. • Oxford Shakespeare & Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
  • 1989: Cyberbooks • Foresaw the current state of eReaders • Predicted the “end of publishing as we know it”
  • 1993: Apple Newton • The first “Personal Digital Assistant” • “Newton Books” • Suspended in 1998
  • 1998: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook • Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback • 1.3 lbs • Stores about 4,000 pages-the equivalent of 10 novels • Speech-quality audio for documents published with audio content • Long battery life--17 to 33 hours per charge • $369
  • 1998: SoftBook Reader • 2.9lbs • 9.5” touch-screen w/ stylus • Built-in 33.6 Kbps modem; download approximately 100 pages per minute • 5hrs per charge • $599.95, or $299.95 plus $19.95 per month for a 24 month "content package" contract (totalling $778.75)
  • 2000: Microsoft Reader • PC eBook reading software • ClearType technology • Annotations • Pan & Zoom • Highlighting • Dictionary • Battery life dependent on platform (desktop vs. laptop) • Suspended in 2012
  • 2002: Palm Trēo • Mobipocket Reader software • Download content over the air (OTA) • Desktop sync • Annotation • Highlighting • Dictionary • Software compatible with devices other than the Treo
  • 2002: TabletPC • Used in combination with Microsoft Reader software • Promoted as a “reader” due to ability to easily convert screen to portrait mode
  • 2004: Sony Libré • First eInk-based device • AAA batteries • Available only in Japan
  • What is "eInk" Content is not drawn, but “charged” 170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) Newspaper quality Does not need power to hold a display, only to change it.
  • 09/2006 eReader PRS-500 • Display • • • • eInk / non-backlit 800x600 resolution Rotatable 4-level grayscale • Three text sizes • 64MB built in storage • SD/Memory Stick card slot • USB data transfer • Approximately 7,500 page turns per charge • Approx. 9oz
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  • 06/2007: iPod Touch / iPhone • Not an explicit eBook device • Multiple reader software packages available • • • • Stanza Kindle Barnes & Noble eBook apps • Backlit non-eInk display
  • 12/2007: Sony PRS-505 • Minor improvements over the PRS-500 • 8 levels of grayscale • Redesigned controls • Additional memory card slot
  • 12/2007: Amazon Kindle • 6” screen • 200-title storage • Download wirelessly via “whispernet” (EVDO) • QWERTY Keyboard • Ability to add notes to text • Basic Web access
  • 02/2009: Kindle 2 • • • • Redesigned controls WiFi added 1500-title storage 16 levels of grayscale (eInk Pearl) • 20% faster page refresh • Text-to-speech option • 9.1mm thick
  • 11/2009: Barnes & Noble Nook • 6” eInk display and 3.5” color control display • 12.1oz • Android 1.5 • Can share a book once with another person for up to two weeks
  • 04/2010: Apple iPad • iBooks app included • Kindle app available • “text-to-voice” via VoiceOver • 1.5lbs • 9.7” backlit glossy screen • Automatic screen rotation • WiFi and/or 3G • 9+ hours of battery life depending on Internet connectivity used
  • 11/2010: Barnes & Noble Nook Color • • • • 15.8oz 7” screen WiFi 8GB internal storage • MicroSD slot • Android 2.2 • Rootable
  • 06/2011: Nook Simple Touch • 6” touch-screen display • WiFi & USB connectivity • 600x800 eInk Pearl • 2GB internal storage • microSD card slot • Android 2.1
  • 10/2011: Sony Reader WiFi (PRS-T1RC) • eInk • WiFi • 5.9oz • 16-level grayscale • 6” screen • 1.3GB internal storage • MicroSD card slot • Built in OverDrive support
  • 11/2011: Kindle Touch • 6” eInk Pearl touch display • WiFi and/or 3G • 4GB internal storage • Available with or without ads
  • 11/2011: Kindle Fire • 14.6oz • 7” LCD touch screen • WiFi • 8GB internal storage • MicroSD slot • Android 2.3 • Amazon Silk Browser • Amazon’s competitor to the Nook color & Nook color tablet
  • 01/2012: Ectaco jetBook • 9.7” 1600x1200 display • Color eInk display • WiFi • MicroSD slot • Text-to-Speech • 10,000 page turns • Speech recognition and speech analysis Language Teacher and ULearn courses • Pictured dictionaries for 38 languages Cross translator for 180 languages
  • 04/2012: nook GlowLight • Touchscreen eInk • Built-in light • Front-lit • Adjustable brightness
  • 06/2012: WEXLER. Flex ONE • Electronic Paper Display (EPD) • Flexible • 1024x768 eInk display • 4mm thick • 3.88 oz.
  • 01/2013: Plastic Logic PaperTab • Flexible (and experimental) e-ink 10.7inch tablet runs on Intel's Core i5 processor.
  • 05/2013 – Sony Digital Paper • 13.3” 1600x1200 capacitive eInk flexible display • Stylus for note taking • Educational market • Testing in Japanese universities • Shared document editing over WiFi planned
  • 2014: eInk smartphone covers
  • 2014: Color eInk Kindle? • In May 2013 Amazon.com purchases Liquavista from Samgung. • Liquavista makes screen technologies that allow for affordable color eInk displays.
  • Thank You! Michael Sauers msauers@travelinlibrarian.info http://travelinlibrarian.info/ http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ebooks CC BY-NC 3.0 The Nebraska Library Commission