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Presentation on ebooks and ereading from the North Alabama Technology Conference on July 15, 2010

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    • 21st Century Reading
      http://tinyurl.com/21stcenturyreading
      Wendy Stephens
      wstephens@madison.k12.al.us
      North Alabama Technology Conference
      July 15, 2010
    • Vannevar Bush and The Memex
    • 1971 – Michael Hart founds Project Gutenberg on server space at University of Illinois
    • on Christmas Day, Amazon sold more e-books than physical books, for the first time
    • “Lightweight. Easy to use. Great for travel.”
    • June 12, 2010
      Another dedicated user group? Students. But maybe not yet. Initial Kindle DX reviews NOT favorable.
    • for many reasons, some of them environmental, the book’s place is now being challenged
    • In 2009, print book sales ebbed 1.8 percent. E-book sales increased 176.6 percent over 2008, yet they remain fewer than 3 percent of all books sold
    • A large proportion of early e-book owners - up to 66 percent in some surveys - are older than 40
      E-book users tend to earn more than $100,000 a year, be college-educated, and be very Web and social-media savvy.
      "These people do everything on the Web. They spend more than 20 hours a week on it."
      who reads ebooks?
    • e-books can be a boon for many people with disabilities
    • “the e-Top 10 looks pretty much like the non-e”
    • samples
    • “All of a sudden, by reading the book electronically as opposed to in print, I now have… the ability to access my book notes and highlights from any where I have an Internet connection.
      Game. Changer.
      I keep thinking, what if I had every note and highlight that I had ever taken in a paper book available to search through, to connect with other similar ideas from other books, to synthesize electronically?…”
    • B&N leverages its bricks-and-mortar stores with a “Brigadoon Library”
    • Harlequin just went live with the Carina Press, which offers books in electronic form first, with the option to go to press later.
    • Format wars
      pdf
      epub
      azw
      xml
      drm
    • CEO Michael Serbinis said that with Kobo, you could buy a book, keep it forever and read it on any other device you choose, except the Kindle. 
    • “The usefulness of the Opus — like that of all of its e-reader cousins — is totally hobbled by books that come with digital rights management.”
    • In 1989, the U.S. enacted the Berne Convention Implementation Act, amending the 1976 Copyright Act to conform to most of the provisions of the Berne Convention. As a result, the use of copyright notices has become optional to claim copyright, because the Berne Convention makes copyright automatic.
    • “When we find a copyediting or formatting error in a book, we ask the publisher for a new file and replace the one in the Kindle Store so that new purchases of the book do not have the error. We will update the file for a book a customer has already purchased only when the customer asks us to.”
    • ebook pricing
      Apple’s iBooks has wooed several publishers with a $14 price point instead of a $10 one
    • Dedicated ereader pricing – lower by the day!
      Kindle – now $189
      Sony Reader -- Pocket Edition now as low as $99
      Barnes and Noble Nook -- now $199, wifi version$149
    • Ebooks across platforms
    • Some things to consider:
      Where you read (Brigadoon)
      Backlighting
      Native file conversion (.pdfs)
      Compatibility with public library resources
      Weight
      Wifi or 3G? Or cable-only.
      Which ereader do you want?
    • Ereader petting zoo time to follow
    • Mobile reading
      Stanza
      Standalone Twilight app by Iceberg
    • Mobile reading
      Standalone Twilight app by Iceberg
    • Mobile reading
      Standalone Twilight app by Iceberg
    • Mobile reading
      Stanza searched Google books
    • Mobile reading
      Stanza searched Google books
    • Mobile reading
      Stanza bookshelf
    • RSS! RSS!
    • RSS! RSS!
    • RSS! RSS!
    • RSS! RSS!
    • Mobile reading
      Google reader headlines
    • Mobile reading
      Google reader
    • Mobile reading
      Google reader photos
    • Mobile reading
      Google reader images – anything with an rss feed
    • My Ten Favorite Sources for Free eBooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      1. Google books
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      1. Google books
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      1. Google books
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      1. Google books
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      2. hiplit—
      Harper Teen listserv
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 3. Project Gutenberg
    • 3. Project Gutenberg
    • 3. Project Gutenberg
    • 3. Project Gutenberg
    • 3. Project Gutenberg
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      4. Free Kindle books on Amazon.com
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      5. Creative Commons Books
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 6. fullbooks.com
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      7. bn. com
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      8. http://www.e-book.com.au/freebooks.htm
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      8. http://www.e-book.com.au/freebooks.htm
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      9. fictionwise
      Ten places for FREE ebooks
    • 50 percent of ebooks are FREE
      10. HMCPL Digital Media Zone
      Ten places for FREE ebooks