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Getting to know your kindle, nook,

  1. 1. Getting to Know Your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad or Sony E-Reader <br />Presented byKathy PetlewskiPlymouth District Library<br />2011<br />
  2. 2. Let’s Define Some Terms<br />An e-book (short for electronic book, or EBook), also known as a digital book, is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes restricted with a digital rights management system. ...<br />An e-book reader, also called an e-book device or e-reader, is an electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals and uses e-ink technology to display content to readers.<br />
  3. 3. Different Kinds of E-Books<br />E-books that are viewed online only. These are not available if you are not connected to the Internet. (PDL’s Netlibrary books)<br />E-books that may be viewed either online or downloaded to your computer & e-reader. (Project Gutenberg & some free Google books)<br />E-books that are designed to be downloaded and read off-line on your e-readers. (Overdrive)<br />
  4. 4. Amazon’s Kindle Reader<br />All come with wifi and some with 3G, depending on model.<br />Lightweight at 8.7 oz with stereo speakers.<br />Over 750,000 titles in Kindle version at Also “lending” option for a select number of books.<br />Offers “syncing” between devices.<br />Battery life – 8,000 pages with wifi & 3G off. (approx 20 days)<br />Cannot be used with OverDrive.<br />Black & white screen - uses e-ink technology to reduce glare.<br />
  5. 5. Border’s Kobo Reader<br />Comes with wifi and Borders app already installed. Also “syncs” between devices with apps.<br />Black & white, uses e-ink technology reducing glare.<br />Lightweight at under 8 oz<br />Preloaded with 100 classic books.<br />Battery life – 10,000 pages with wifi off.<br />May be used with OverDrive.<br />
  6. 6. Barnes & Noble Nook<br />Black & white, uses e-ink technology reducing glare but has color touch pad at bottom.<br /> 12.1 oz in weight & shorter battery life than Kindle due to color pad.<br />Some books may be “loaned” between friends. Advertises “over 2 million books” online but really 500,000 not including free.<br />May be used with OverDrive.<br />Comes with wifi & 3G, <br />depending on the model.<br />
  7. 7. Barnes & Noble Nook Color<br />Comes with wifi only, but built in social networking ability.<br />15.8 oz in weight, external speaker and 8 hr. battery life.<br />“Read to Me” children’s picture books available.<br />Build on “Droid” platform & includes several apps.<br />May be used with OverDrive.<br />LCD 7” color touch screen.<br />
  8. 8. Sony Reader<br />No Wifi except on “Daily Edition” version & no external speakers.<br />Must be connected to PC to get books.<br />Black & white, uses e-ink technology reducing glare.<br />Lightweight at 7.5 oz<br />200,000 books from Sony Reader Store.<br />Battery life – 14 days.<br />May be used with OverDrive.<br />
  9. 9. Apple iPad<br />Comes with wifi & 3G depending on the model.<br />Full color touch 9.7” LED backlit screen and weighs 1.5 lbs.<br />Up to 10 hours of battery life.<br />Access over 150,000 titles from iBookstore from Apple. <br />May be used with OverDrive but is based on the iPhone app size. New app is coming just for iPad.<br />
  10. 10. Downloading E-Books from PDL<br />PDL is part of a 25-member consortium for e-books and audio e-books.<br />These books are provided by OverDrive in several formats: EPUB & PDF for e-readers and WMA & MP3 for iPods and MP3 players.<br />E-books are single user licenses, so you must place a hold on books that are “checked out” electronically.<br />Books are checked out for either 7 or 14 days. After that time, the files should be deleted from both your computer & your devices.<br />
  11. 11. Downloading E-Books from the<br />
  12. 12. While you may browse the main screen, it’s faster to use the “Advanced Search” link.<br />
  13. 13. Use the pull-down menu to choose your choice of formats & be sure to click the “available” box.<br />
  14. 14. You then get a list of those EPUB books that are available for checkout. Click “add to bookbag.”<br />
  15. 15. Remember, you only have 30 minutes to keep them in the bookbag !<br />
  16. 16. Before you check out materials, you must first login to your account.<br />
  17. 17. Select Your Loan Period and then Click to Confirm Checkout.<br />
  18. 18. First-Time Users Must Download the Adobe Digital Editions Software Prior to Getting Your Book.<br />
  19. 19. Then, click on the file to download and choose “Open.”<br />
  20. 20. This is the Adobe Digital Editions Console showing the e-reader. Drop & Drag your title to the e-reader icon.<br />
  21. 21. If you click on your e-reader icon, you’ll see a list of items you put on it.<br />
  22. 22. Getting an E-Book on the iPad<br />My best advice is to think of the iPad as a very large iPhone.<br />You must go to the Apple Apps store and download the OverDrive Media Player. (free)<br />Click on the “Get Books” option and it will ask you to add a website. If you indicate you are from Plymouth MI, it will direct you to the MCLS site.<br />
  23. 23. Getting an E-Book on the iPad cont.<br />Once there, you can either search for a title or browse EPUB titles.<br />Select the available title and download it directly to your iPad without going through your computer.<br />When you have finished reading the book, click on “edit” in your OverDrive app and delete the title.<br />
  24. 24. Troubleshooting Problems<br />1. Your Library Card may have expired or you have a large number of fines.<br />2. You don’t pick up your digital holds within three days of being notified.<br />3. If your book doesn’t completely download – you get three tries!<br />4. Contact Support with questions. These are routed to PDL support.<br />
  25. 25. E-Books in Our Library Catalog<br />Will be identified as either ebooks or eaudio !<br />
  26. 26. Over 500 Titles from Project Gutenberg are in our Library Catalog.<br />
  27. 27. These Books May be Downloaded to E-readers or Read Online.<br />
  28. 28. Other free books from the MCLS site<br />
  29. 29. Sources of E-Books Online<br />Google eBookstore –<br />Over 3 million books including bestsellers and free books, many of a historic nature.<br />ManyBooks.Net –<br />Includes Project Gutenberg free books<br />Epub Books –<br />Free books in EPUB format<br />Mobile Reads -<br />
  30. 30. How Do I Select an E-Reader?<br />Decide which features are most important to you <br />size and weight<br /> battery life<br /> speakers or headphones<br />wifi and/or 3G<br />reading in sunlight or at night<br /> ability to download books through a digital lending system like OverDrive. <br />
  31. 31. How Do I Select an E-Reader Cont.<br />Determine if you ONLY want an e-reader or also want to do e-mail, social networking or other apps. Do you want to “sync” apps?<br />Check out the prices of books you might purchase and compare the various stores associated with the e-readers.<br />Compare e-reader prices – Are you sure you’ll use a more expensive device? Remember, a newer, improved model is just around the corner!<br />
  32. 32. Informal Sessions Coming Soon!<br />Get to know E-Readers Up Close and Personal<br />Thursday, March 17 ~ 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.,<br /> Saturday, April 16 ~ 10:00 am – 11:30 am, <br />Thursday, May 12~ 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. <br /> No registration is necessary!<br />