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  • Access to thousands of ebooks
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  • Other features -- MP3 playing capabilities, many features that belong on a smart phone (web browsing, etc.), but still thought of as single use devicesGreen (less paper) + books never go out of printMostly best sellers and public domain books, future may bring more books that would not ordinarily make it into print due to limited demand
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  • 2010 E readers and e-books

    1. 1. E-Readers and E-Books : The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly<br />Mary Jane Clerkin<br />Berkeley College<br />Catherine Kelley <br />Fairleigh Dickinson University <br />
    2. 2. About Fairleigh Dickinson University<br />2 campuses in the U.S.<br />College at Florham (Morris County, NJ)<br />Metropolitan Campus (Bergen County, NJ)<br />2 international campuses (not part of the pilot)<br />12,000 students<br />8,585 Undergraduates<br />262 Full-time faculty<br />
    3. 3. E-Reader Initiative<br />A mandate from the University President<br />A collaborative effort involving:<br />The campus libraries<br />The Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT)<br />The Office of Information Resources Technology (OIRT)<br />Two literature classes<br />
    4. 4. What is an e-Reader?<br />A reading device that allows you to:<br />Read books, magazines, newspapers, blogs<br />Take notes, highlight and bookmark text<br />Laptop / desktop / netbook computers can be e-readers<br />Smart phones can be e-readers<br />Current generation of electronic paper reading devices – Kindle, Sony, Nook …<br />iPad and other tablet devices<br />
    5. 5. E-readers used at FDU<br />
    6. 6. Amazon Kindle Features<br /><ul><li>Two sizes
    7. 7. No backlight, but easy to read in direct sunlight
    8. 8. Wireless access via AT&T’s 3G network
    9. 9. Newer models also allow WiFi (or only have WiFi)
    10. 10. Proprietary DRM format
    11. 11. Support for other text formats and PDFs
    12. 12. Built-in keyboard, DX has textbook-sized screen
    13. 13. Text-to-speech, plus support for audio books</li></li></ul><li>Sony Reader Touch Features<br /><ul><li>6-inch touch screen
    14. 14. Can print your notes
    15. 15. Supports the e-pub format
    16. 16. May borrow e-books from public libraries
    17. 17. No wireless access (PRS-900 only) – must transfer books via PC connection
    18. 18. No mobile app for smart phones, it’s in the works
    19. 19. Can store up to 350 e-books
    20. 20. Have to install books via USB (most models)</li></li></ul><li>iPod Touch Features<br /><ul><li>Free Kindle app from Amazon
    21. 21. Other e-book apps available from iTunes store
    22. 22. Synchronize device with Kindle
    23. 23. Does everything an iPhone can do, except make phone calls:
    24. 24. Support for video, audio, color, graphics, email, SMS text
    25. 25. Wireless access
    26. 26. Safari browser</li></li></ul><li>iPad (not used in early pilots)<br />Intuitive touch interface (like an iPhone or iTouch)<br />Many reading apps, including Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook<br />Many other apps available<br />Intermediate device – not an iTouch, not a full-featured computer, but a hybrid of both<br />
    27. 27. Library Pilot<br />Each library circulated:<br />4 Kindle DXs (since increased to 11 per campus)<br />4 Sony Reader Touches (PRS-600 and 700)<br />4 iPod Touches (2nd generation – since increased to 9 or 10 per campus)<br />All pre-loaded with content – leisure reading and required texts from Core Curriculum<br />One week loan period<br />Library now also circulates one iPad per campus for use in library only (up to 2 hours)<br />
    28. 28. Survey<br />Administered via Blackboard/WebCampus<br />Response rate has been high<br />Mix of student, faculty and staff borrowers<br />Some patrons borrowed multiple devices for comparison purposes<br />
    29. 29. Survey Respondents<br />
    30. 30. Textbook preference by user type<br />
    31. 31. Required features for textbook use<br />
    32. 32. Required features for textbook use<br />
    33. 33. Spring 2010 Academic Pilot<br />2 classes – <br />Masterpieces of Literature II, Metro <br />Chaucer, Florham<br />15 students participated in first phase of pilot<br />Half got Kindles, half got iTouches<br />At semester mid-point, switch to other device<br />Surveyed four times: Setup, use for phase I and setup, use for phase II <br />Low response rate, but student data were very comparable to library pilot<br />Most Kindles returned with empty batteries<br />
    34. 34. Academic Pilot – Faculty Concerns<br />Footnote Management<br />Cross-referencing between two texts on Kindle<br />Classroom management when some students using physical texts, some using e-reader devices<br />
    35. 35. The Good: E-Reader Benefits<br />Convenience<br />Weight<br />Cost of e-book titles<br />E-ink displays are crisp, less eyestrain, vs. fast intuitive displays on iTouch and iPad<br />Additional features:<br />Built-in dictionary<br />Link to Wikipedia (not on Sony devices)<br />Text-to-Voice (Amazon Kindle device only)<br />Other features<br />Environmental factors, use of paper<br />
    36. 36. The Bad: E-Reader Limitations<br />Book formats and DRM<br />Slow black and white e-ink display (e-ink dedicated readers) vs. glare<br />Tradeoff between speed & color vs. lower eyestrain and ability to read in strong sunlight<br />Highlighting, note-taking and page navigation (varies across platforms, and getting better)<br />Consumer privacy and e-book permanence<br />
    37. 37. The Ugly: Issues and Constraints<br /><ul><li>Establishing an Amazon corporate account, models of textbook distribution to literature students
    38. 38. Use of credit cards to purchase content
    39. 39. Not “purchasing department-friendly”
    40. 40. Amazon’s 1-click option – need to take care to prevent accidental purchases
    41. 41. Tracking number of e-book licenses
    42. 42. Purchasing e-books ‘on-the-fly’
    43. 43. 1 generic account or multiple e-reader accounts
    44. 44. Limitations of Sony’s e-reader software</li></li></ul><li>Berkeley College<br />
    45. 45. About Berkeley College<br />Founded in 1931, Berkeley is a coeducational college specializing in business. With seven locations in New York and New Jersey, an online campus, and an enrollment of over 8,000 students--with 655 international students in its Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree programs. <br />
    46. 46. Has an Online Campus<br />
    47. 47. Students in the Military<br />
    48. 48. All Online Instructors Use Texts Which Have an Equivalent eBook<br />eText<br />Text Book<br />
    49. 49. Advantages<br />No Need to Stand on Line at the Bookstore or Wait for Book Delivery<br />No Need to Carry Heavy Books<br />Cost Effectiveness is important to students and eBooks are much less expensive than text books.<br />Instant search for terms, sections, pages.<br />Highlight<br />Take Notes<br />Send <br />Print<br />
    50. 50. Downloadable Version<br />No Need for the Internet –Downloadable Version<br />Sending books abroad to students serving our Country in the military is not as efficient as using eBooks.<br />Students do not always have access to the Internet.<br />Portability is important to today’s students. They can carry all their books on a small laptop.<br />
    51. 51. Internet Version<br />No Need for a dedicated Computer-Internet Version<br />Convenience is important to students, they can access anywhere and any time where there is Internet access.<br />Mobility is important to students and they can access their eBook from their iPhones<br />
    52. 52. Internet Access<br />Any Computer Anywhere<br />iPhone<br />
    53. 53. Students Like the iPhone Version<br />
    54. 54. Available on the iPAd <br />
    55. 55. Available on the Kindle<br />
    56. 56. eTextbook from McGraw-Hill<br />
    57. 57. McGraw-Hill and CourseSmart<br />
    58. 58. CourseSmart Partners<br />
    59. 59. Table of Contents the Same<br />
    60. 60. Chapters, Pages, Content the Same as the Text<br />eText<br />Text Book<br />
    61. 61. Chapters and Pages the Same<br />
    62. 62. Directions Provided<br />
    63. 63.
    64. 64. View the Table of Contents<br />
    65. 65. Search<br />
    66. 66. Search Feature<br />
    67. 67. Type in a Word and Go<br />
    68. 68. Type in the Page Number <br />
    69. 69. Notes Can Be Added and Saved<br />
    70. 70. View Notes<br />
    71. 71. Easy to Highlight Sections<br />
    72. 72. Easy to Turn the Pages<br />
    73. 73. Simply Click on Next <br />
    74. 74. Printing Sections is Easy <br />
    75. 75. Comments from Students<br />Advantages <br />Cheaper than the print version<br />Ease of use and portability<br />Less strain on the back from heavy backpacks<br />Environmentally friendly - no trees being destroyed for paper. <br />Long-term reference material<br />Easier note-taking for future reference. <br />Disadvantages:<br />Initial investment cost for reading device<br />Replacement cost of reading device, if damaged<br />Loss of content - if stored on computer or damaged e-Reader<br />Eye strain/damage from prolonged usage of electronic device to read content. <br />