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The Sony Reader: eInk Has Arrived

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Presented at the NLA/NEMA 2007 conference in Kerney, NE on 26 October 2007.

Presented at the NLA/NEMA 2007 conference in Kerney, NE on 26 October 2007.

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    • 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission NE Library Association / NE Educational Media Association 2007 Fall Conference
    • 2.
    • 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164291155/ Sony CEO Howard Stringer introduces the Reader at CES 2006
    • 4.
      • eBooks are heavy
      • eBooks can’t store much
        • No room for expansion
      • eBook battery life sucks
        • Backlit displays
      • They don’t support multiple formats
      • You can’t read them at an angle
      • eBooks aren’t books
        • Books as physical objects are works of art and should be cherished!
    • 5.
      • Long battery life
      • Light-weight
      • Expandable storage
      • Supports multiple text formats
      • Text zooming
      • Read from almost any angle
    • 6.
    • 7.
      • 6.9" x 4.9" x 0.5"
      • 8.8oz
      • In comparison: Rocket eBook Pro
        • 5" x 7.5" x 1.5"
        • 22oz
    • 8.
      • 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
    • 9.
      • 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.
    • 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirit635/479810101/
    • 11.
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    • 14.
      • USB Type-B mini
      • DC in 5.2v
      • 8mm headphone jack
      • SD/Memory Stick slot
    • 15.
      • On/off sliding switch
      • Page forward/back (two sets)
      • Size (3 available settings)
      • 10 numbered keys (1-0)
      • Bookmark
      • Menu
      • Small joystick/enter
      • Volume control
    • 16.
      • Continue Reading
      • Books
      • By Author
      • By Date
      • Collections
      • All Bookmarks
      • Now Playing
      • Audio
      • Pictures
      • Settings
    • 17.
      • Default list is alphabetical by title
    • 18.
    • 19.
    • 20.
      • Continue Reading
      • Begin
      • End
      • Bookmarks
      • Table of Contents
      • History
      • Info
      • Utilities
    • 21.
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    • 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/164288637/
    • 32.
    • 33.
    • 34.
      • Orientation
      • Screen Lock
      • Slideshow
      • About
      • Restore Defaults
    • 35.
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    • 43.
      • RSS limited to built-in feeds & do not auto-update
      • Native-format titles must be purchased via Sony ® eConnect (no third-party vendors)
      • Not all PDFs display well (need to be reformatted for smaller display)
      • Audio playback severely impacts battery life
      • Non-color display
      • Pricey
      • No indexes
      • Can’t read during takeoff and landing
      • Using in the tub is a bad idea
    • 44.
      • Speed up page turns
      • Reduce instances of ghosting
      • Whiter background
      • Allow for sale of eBook by other vendors
      • Full-text searching
      • Improved battery life when using storage cards
      • (The first two can be solved immediately but only by reducing battery life.)
    • 45.
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    • 47.
      • Rearranged controls
      • 8-level grayscale (from 4)
      • Added ProDuo card slot
      • +20% contrast improvement
      • Faster refresh rate
      • Less ghosting
      • 192MB RAM
      • .3” thick (-.2”)
    • 48.
      • I’m paying 80% of list price of a book but not getting a physical object.
      • In other words, I’m paying for 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?
    • 49. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shifted/1240167805
    • 50.
      • Michael Sauers
      • [email_address]
      • http://travelinlibrarian.info/
      • http://del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/sonyreader

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