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All about ebooks

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All about ebooks

  1. 1. Making sense of ebooks<br />KosieEloff<br />Department of Information Science<br />University of Pretoria<br />kosieeloff - tweet any questions here<br />
  2. 2. Worldreader.org<br />
  3. 3. What is an ebook?<br />Any electronic document containing text?<br />An electronic document that is book-like?<br />
  4. 4. Public domain books (Manybooks.net)<br />Manybooks isn't necessarily an eBook vendor, but a distributor of public domain titles.<br />
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  6. 6. Attaching eReader via USB cable<br />
  7. 7. Directory with the eReader’s books<br />
  8. 8. But what about getting books wirelessly?<br />http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kindle/turing/photos/feat-kindle-store-300px._V251568840_.jpg<br />
  9. 9. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_k3land_gettingstarted?nodeId=200580340<br />Standard for connecting electronic devices wirelessly<br />Local area network.<br />Very fast!<br />Coverage limited (need Wi-Fi hot spots)<br />Need to connect manually<br />Wi-Fi doesn’t guarantee internet access <br />3G (i.e. mobile broadband)<br />Cellular network.<br />Can be very slow!<br />Wide coverage (e.g. at the beach, or on the train)<br />Connected automatically<br />3G often guarantees internet access<br />
  10. 10. Selecting a Wi-Fi network<br />
  11. 11. Managing already purchased books (via your browser)<br />
  12. 12. Kindle for PC<br />
  13. 13. Kindle for PC opens your browser for purchases / browsing<br />
  14. 14. Select device (up to six / account) to which book is sent & registered<br />
  15. 15. Select device (up to six / account) to which book is sent & registered<br />
  16. 16. Kindle platforms<br />
  17. 17. 1. eReaders<br />
  18. 18. E-ink<br />CRT – flickering display, strain on eyes<br />But crisp image<br />LCD – backlight, viewing angle<br />This is being addressed<br />“a sheet of paper that can be electronically reconfigured instantaneously to display any page from any book, article or document”<br />
  19. 19. Electrophoretic display: rearranging charged pigment particles.<br />
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  22. 22. Popular ereaders<br />Though there are dozens of devices, these are the ones that feature the most in literature. <br />The Kindle and Sony Reader are probably the best bets for South Africans (though if you see an iRiver HD in your electronics store, check it out too!)<br />
  23. 23. Sony Reader range<br />
  24. 24. Kobo Reader (Wi-Fi)<br />
  25. 25. Kobo Touch (Wi-Fi)<br />~R1100, excl.<br />
  26. 26. Original nook (Wi-Fi only $120, Wi-Fi & 3G $170)<br />
  27. 27. Nook color ($249)<br />
  28. 28. Nook Simple Touch ($139)<br />
  29. 29. Kindle 1 (left), Kindle 2 (right)<br />
  30. 30. $189 Wi-Fi & 3G Kindle<br />$139 Wi-Fi Kindle without ads<br />
  31. 31. Kindle DX Graphite (24 cm display, ~R2 600)<br />
  32. 32. $114 Wi-Fi Kindle with ads (not available in SA yet)<br />
  33. 33. $114 Wi-Fi Kindle with ads (not available in SA yet)<br />
  34. 34. Mobileread Reader Matrix<br />http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix<br />
  35. 35. E-Reader Info, another useful source of information<br />http://www.e-reader-info.com/products<br />
  36. 36. 2. Tablets<br />
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  39. 39. Accessing the Kobo eBook store via the Readers Hub application on the Galaxy Tab.<br />
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  41. 41. Tablet or ereader?<br />Choice often depends on operating system (software)<br />
  42. 42. Barnes & Noble also caters for various platforms<br />
  43. 43. Read while sitting...<br />
  44. 44. 3. Smartphones<br />
  45. 45. 4. PC/laptop/netbook<br />
  46. 46. Operating systems<br />A device’s operating system has a significant effect on the user experience.<br />
  47. 47. What influences purchase decisions?<br />
  48. 48. http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1764714<br />
  49. 49. Which device should I choose?<br />eReaders<br />Long battery life<br />Low cost<br />(R800-R2,000 excl. S&I)<br />E-ink display (typically)<br />Low functionality<br />Media tablets<br />Limited battery life<br />Expensive <br />(R2,000-R10,000 excl. S&I)<br />LCD display (typically)<br />High functionality<br />One can include smartphones in this comparison; however, lower the price range and display size (significantly).<br />
  50. 50. File formats<br />PDF<br />Still used a lot. <br />Great for print preparation and exact layout (e.g. brochures)<br />EPUB<br />Becoming the standard for ebooks<br />Great for reflowable content and whatever else HTML offers<br />MOBI<br />Basically HTML; becoming a dated format. <br />Only really applicable to Kindle users<br />
  51. 51. Some reading communities<br />www.goodreads.com<br />www.feedbooks.com<br />www.manybooks.net(free public domain titles)<br />
  52. 52. Some places to self-publish<br />www.smashwords.com/<br />(In March 2011, Smashwords published its 40,000th ebook)<br />pubit.barnesandnoble.com<br />kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin<br />www.scribd.com/<br />(More of a doc-sharing web site, but tremendously popular)<br />
  53. 53. Some useful resources<br />Mobile read - a large community of people interested in electronic reading<br />www.mobileread.com<br />Ebook search engines:<br />http://inkmesh.com<br />http://ebooks.addall.com<br />
  54. 54. Other places to get ebooks<br />From a list of 100+ possibilities (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50-places-free-books-online.htm)<br />http://www.baen.com/library/titles.htm (SF & Fantasy)<br />http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page<br />http://librivox.org/ (Audio books)<br />http://manybooks.net/ (Popular, many formats)<br />http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/ (Oxford text archives)<br />http://www.wowio.com/ (Includes comic books)<br />
  55. 55. Thank you! <br />kosie.eloff@up.ac.za<br />kosieeloff<br />

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