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E-Book Readers At NCSU Libraries

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Orion Pozo and David Woodbury, of NCSU Libraries, talk about the history of their ebook readers programs, the current program, and future projects involving ebook readers at NCSU libraries.

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E-Book Readers At NCSU Libraries

  1. 1. eBook Readers @ NCSU Libraries: Past, Present & Future<br />Orion Pozo &<br />David Woodbury<br />with Lauren Upchurch<br />
  2. 2. Books Are Born Digital<br />Ebook Readers & paper books are just ways to display digital content. <br />
  3. 3. 1st Generation eBook Readers - 1998<br />Ebook Readers first appeared in 1998<br />
  4. 4. 2nd Gen E-Paper Readers – 2006-07<br />Sony LIBRIé - 2006<br />Amazon Kindle - 2007<br />
  5. 5. NCSU EBook Readers Timeline<br />March 2008 – NCSU orders 2 Sony Readers & 3 Amazon Kindles<br />April 2008 – Readers Arrive, 3 More Kindles Ordered<br />May 2008 – Loaning Begins<br />September 2008 – 12 More Kindles Purchased to Meet Demand<br />February 2009 – 12 Kindle 2s Purchased<br />May 2009 – Title Purchasing Stops Due to Budget Cuts<br />Summer 2009 – Technology Lending Moves to Access & Delivery Services<br />August 2009 – 6 Kindle DXs Purchased<br />October 2009 – Title Purchasing Resumes<br />
  6. 6. Checking Out A Kindle Video<br />
  7. 7. Ebook Reader Users<br />Seniors, Graduate Students largest groups of Kindle borrowers<br />
  8. 8. Books Purchased for Kindles by Month<br />Average Titles per Month = 28. Average Cost = $10.20<br />
  9. 9. Fiction/Nonfiction<br />Slightly More Fiction Than Nonfiction Selected by Users<br />
  10. 10. Genres & Categories<br />User-Selected Titles Represent Wide Variety of Interests<br />
  11. 11. Print Availability<br />At time of purchase, only 15% of Kindle titles available in print @ NCSU Libraries<br />
  12. 12. Why use an eBook Reader?<br />Easy to get titles not otherwise available from the Libraries<br />Text is easier to read on these devices<br />Can load a wide variety of text content<br />PDFs<br />ePub<br />DRMed<br />Devices connect easily to lots of content<br />
  13. 13. Drawbacks of eBook Readers<br />E-ink technology is still new<br />Black and white (for now)<br />Slow to refresh<br />Devices fail (paper doesn’t)<br />Readers and purchased books are tied to specific vendors and file types<br />Expensive<br />Can’t do everything a netbook or iPod Touch can do<br />
  14. 14. eBook Reader capabilities<br />
  15. 15. Free content for ereaders! <br />Google Books books.google.com<br />Also works on mobile devices: www.books.google.com/m<br />Project Gutenberg www.gutenberg.org<br />Springer Library & Morgan & Claypool Synthesis (via www.lib.ncsu.edu)<br />
  16. 16. eBook Reader apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad<br />Stanza - www.lexcycle.com (free)<br />Great for reading materials in all DRM-free formats <br />Kindle - www.amazon.com (free)<br />Good for Amazon content but everything is DRMed, syncs to Amazon<br />Barnes & Noble eReader - www.bn.com (free)<br />Good for B&N content, syncs to B & N<br />iBooks (for iPad)<br />Apple’s new eBook store<br />CourseSmartwww.coursesmart.com<br />Textbook ereader<br />
  17. 17. Next Generation Reading?<br />BlioeReader software blioreader.com<br />Multiple device support<br />Vook interactive eBooks www.vook.com<br />Includes video content embedded within the text <br />
  18. 18. Next Generation Reading?<br />
  19. 19. NCSU Librariesproviding content in new formats<br />

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