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Presented by Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission at the TSRT/ITART Spring Meeting, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE 23 April 2010

Presented by Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission at the TSRT/ITART Spring Meeting, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE 23 April 2010


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  • My name is Michael and I’m an eBook Curmudgen
  • I’m paying 40-80% of list price of a book but not getting a physical object. In other words, I’m paying for a license; the “right to read” a title. If I just wanted to read a title yet not own the book, I’d get it from the library for free?
  • I don’t like having to “turn off” my book during take-off and landing
  • eBooks aren’t books Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished!
  • eBooks aren’t books Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished!
  • eBooks aren’t books Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished!
  • eBooks aren’t books Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished!
  • You want to get me all warm & fuzzy, say “hand sewn binding and sewn in silk ribbon bookmark”
  • 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
  • October 2008
  • Overdrive support WiFi Some have touchscreen
  • iRiver Story Kobo Samsung Papyrus Asus DR-570 & DR-950 Owen E1 Cool-er Viewsonic VEB-612 Pocketbook 360 Cybook Opus FoxIt eSlick eGriver IDEO iRiver Digital Reader 800 Paradigm Shift's EER-051D for just $130. 5-inch color screen, and packs an FM tuner along with the usual MP3 support, plus a photo viewer, 2GB of internal memory, an SD card slot for expansion, and support for most popular e-book formats.
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    • 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission ITART/TSRT Spring Meeting 23 April 2010
    • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/99136715@N00/22624311/
    • 3.  
    • 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/74128681@N00/2327688584/
    • 5.  
    • 6.  
    • 7.  
    • 8.  
    • 9.  
    • 10.  
    • 11. A brief history of eBooks
    • 12.
      • Started with the U.S. Constitution typed into a mainframe
      • Now contains over 30,000 free e-texts in multiple DRM-free formats
      1971: Project Gutenberg
    • 13.
      • Foresaw the current e-book readers
      • Predicted the “end of publishing as we know it”
      1989: Cyberbooks
    • 14.
      • The first “Personal Digital Assistant”
      • “ Newton Books”
      • Suspended in 1998
      1993: Apple Newton
    • 15.
      • Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback
      • Weighs only 22 ounces
      • 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
      1999: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook
    • 16.
      • PC eBook reading software
      • ClearType technology
      • Annotations
      • Pan & Zoom
      • Highlighting
      • Dictionary
      • Battery life dependent on platform (desktop vs. laptop)
      2000: Microsoft Reader
    • 17.
      • Mobipocket Reader software
      • Download content over the air (OTA)
      • Syncs with desktop
      • Annotation
      • Highlighting
      • Dictionary
      • Software compatible with devices other than the Treo
      2002: Palm Trēo
    • 18.
      • Used in combination with Microsoft Reader software
      • Promoted as a “reader” due to ability to easily convert screen to portrait mode
      2002: TabletPC
    • 19.
      • First eInk-based device
      • Available only in Japan
      2004: Sony Libré
    • 20.
      • 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.
      What is "eInk"
    • 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirit635/479810101/
    • 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164291155/ Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006
    • 23.
      • 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
      eReader PRS-500
    • 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/1240167805
    • 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/2050405275/
    • 26.
      • Not an explicit eBook device
      • Multiple reader software packages available
        • Stanza
        • Kindle
        • Barnes & Noble
        • eBook apps
      • Backlit non-eInk display
      06/2007: iPod Touch / iPhone
    • 27. 12/2007: Sony PRS-505
      • Minor improvements over the PRS-500
        • 8 levels of grayscale
        • Redesigned controls
        • Additional memory card slot
    • 28.
      • 6” screen
      • 200-title storage
      • Download wirelessly via “whispernet” (EVDO)
      • QWERTY Keyboard
      • Ability to add notes to text
      • Basic Web access
      12/2007: Amazon Kindle
    • 29.  
    • 30.  
    • 31.
      • Redesigned controls
      • WiFi added
      • 1500-title storage
      • 16 levels of grayscape
      • 20% faster page refresh
      • Text-to-speech option
      • 9.1mm thick
      02/2009: Kindle 2
    • 32.
      • 9.7” screen
      • Automatic screen rotation
      • 8.5mm thick
      • 3500-title storage
      • Designed for text-book market
      06/2009: Kindle DX
    • 33. 08/2009: Sony PRS-300/600/900 Pocket Edition Daily Edition Touch Edition
    • 34.
      • 6” eInk display and 3.5” color control display
      • 12.1oz
      • Android OS
      • User replaceable battery
      • Can share a book once with another person for up to two weeks
      11/2009: Barnes & Noble Nook
    • 35.  
    • 36.
      • 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
      04/2010: Apple iPad
    • 37.  
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    • 39.
      • Michael Sauers
      • [email_address]
      • http://travelinlibrarian.info/
      • http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ebooks
      Thank You!