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  • 2011 - The ebook companion of Freegal – multiple users can read simultaneously on pay-per-download model. Token system used with number of tokens needed based on the publication date of bookOver 20,000 titles available, but none from the Big Six publishers.No MARC records and no ILS integration at this point.Books come in PDF and EPUB formats and may be used with iPad, most Android-based tablets & phones, Nook, Kobo, Sony and Kindle Fire.
  • Cost is $139.00 for Glowlight. Includes a Micro USB Cable, Power Adapter and Built-in anti-glare screen protector.The Nook Simple Touch is identical in size and shape to this one, minus the glowlight. It has been on sale for as low as $79.00 but normally retails for $99.Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via the included USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. U.S. power adapter sold separately.Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space Price: Kindle Touch with WiFi only and Special Offers: $99.00 Kindle Touch with WiFi and no ads: $139 Kindle Touch with WiFi and 3G and Special Offers: $149 Kindle Touch with WiFi and 3G and no ads: $189
  • Cost: $199.007" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors. Size (in inches) 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm). Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams). System Requirements None, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer. On-device Storage 8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That's enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books. Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content Battery Life Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content. Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB. Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers. Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
  • Nook Tablet – 7” touch-screen, full color, weighing 14 oz.Enhanced Web browsing with video via Adobe® Flash® Player Extra-long battery life — 11.5 hrs of reading or 9 hrs of videoAvailable with either 8GB or 16GB with 512MB RAMExpandable memory- add up to 32 GB w/ microSD™ cardFamilies can Read and Record™ their own narrations with the built-in microphone. Free trials of Rhapsody, MOG and Grooveshark. Pandora comes pre-loaded plus listen to your own tunes with the built-in music player. Streaming video – free trials of Netflix & Hulu Plus included.8 text sizes, 6 font styles, change background colors, line and margin spacing Look-up words in the built-in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh EditionNOOK Tablet–8GB: 5GB for content; of which 1GB is reserved for NOOK Store content6NOOK Tablet–16GB:13GB for content; of which 12GB is reserved for NOOK Store contentLoad EPUB (including Adobe DRM or DRM free) or PDF file types from your computer or microSD card Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX Watch videos in MP4, or Adobe Flash Player format, 3GP, 3G2 MKV, WEBMSupports Netflix video up to 720p and sideloaded video up to 1080p; renders at 1024 x 600 Load photos and create personal wallpaper: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP Play audio on built-in mono speaker: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV,
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    1. 1. Downloadable Media: A Practical Look at the Industry Kathy Petlewski Electronic Resources Librarian
    2. 2. In The Beginning… 1986 – OverDrive founded. In 2002, they started marketing downloadable digital media to libraries.  Formats included MobiPocket & PDF for e-books and WMA for e-audiobooks.  Now includes EPUB, Kindle format & Open EPUB for e- books and has added MP3 for e-audiobooks and WMV for e-videos.  Currently the largest distributor of digital media to public libraries.  1 user = 1 license model. Restrictions by various publishers now limiting libraries in purchase choices.
    3. 3. Then Came netLibrary Founded in 1998 with IPO in 2000. Offered both e-books (academic focus) as well as e- audiobooks (public library focus.) E-books had to be read online while e-audiobooks could be downloaded to MP3 devices. Purchased by OCLC in 2002 and then sold to EBSCO in 2010. Under EBSCO, content now includes downloadable reference books for K-12 with a variety of E-book Subject Sets and e-audiobook packages for children and young adults.
    4. 4. Freegal and Freading Services Music taken from the Sony Entertainment Catalog. Over 20,000 e-book titles available, but none from the Big Six publishers. Works on a token system. A library can buy a block of downloads, a set number for the whole year, but once those are gone they’re gone. You can either set a library-wide weekly cap (divide your yearly total by 52) or choose no cap. Users are limited to 3 downloads per week. Also offers an “unlimited” option – sure to eat up a library’s budget.
    5. 5. Current State of e-Readers•E-ink offers superior , no glare, readingexperience.•Most have a 6” screen and weighapprox. 7 oz.•Ability to change font sizes and somefont styles•Battery life is normally a monthbetween charges.•WiFi comes built in, but some also have3G.•2 – 4 GB internal memory.•New models have touch screens.
    6. 6. Amazon Kindle Fire  Amazon’s answer to the iPad & Nook Tablet  16 million colors, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution with 7.5” x 4.7” screen  Uses Amazon Silk web browser  8GB internal storage (6GB available for user content).  7-8 hr. battery life  Supports Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI
    7. 7. Nook Color & Nook Tablet•Full color – backlit screen•Built in social networking ability andweb browsing.•15 oz in weight, external speakerand 8-10 hr. battery life. (9 hoursvideo on Tablet)•Build on “Droid” platform &includes several apps.•add up to 32 GB with microSD™card.
    8. 8. iPad 1, 2 or 3  Depending on which “app” is downloaded, it can be used for Kindle or ePUB formatted e-books.  9-10 hours of battery life depending on WiFi use.  Anywhere from 8 – 64 GB memory, depending on model.
    9. 9. Devices for Digital Audio •Using OverDrive Media Console and iTunes, most WMA format e- audiobooks may now be used with iPods and iPhones. •Some Creative Zen portable devices will also play e-videos from OverDrive. •All will play the MP3 format since there is no digital rights management involved.
    10. 10. On the Horizon!Color e-paper - Kyobo eReader, the first device to shipwith a Mirasol screen. So far, reviews of this have beenpoor.Color e-ink - Jetbook Color from Ectaco, a 9.7-incheReader not yet widely available in the United States.DRM management totally on server side. OverDrivehas major announcement coming in June 2012.
    11. 11. Time for Questions & Comments This presentation may be found online at: