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E-reader book FAQ Manatee

  1. 1. eBook and eReader Guide 2010 What’s the difference between an eBook and an eReader? An eBook is an electronic version of a printed work. For example, a book can be scanned and turned into a PDF (Portable Document Format) so that it can be read on a computer, an eReader, or a smartphone. An eReader, also known as eBook Reader, is either a hand-held device or software downloaded to a computer or smartphone. It is capable of storing and reading eBooks. For instance, the Amazon Kindle is a hand-held eReader device, and Adobe Digital Editions is eReader software. Most eReaders use technology that makes the digital screen look like a printed page with low light in the background. That is what makes them different from reading text on a regular computer screen. What’s the difference between eReader devices? In terms of functionality, style, and price, there is some difference. There is also difference in the file formats they will support. Some eReader devices, such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook, have proprietary digital rights (DRM) for eBook formats intended for their brand’s device. So, if you own a B&N nook, you cannot buy eBooks from Amazon and download them to the B&N nook. And vice versa. Here’s some info on the three major eReader devices currently on the U.S. market: Amazon Kindle is made by Amazon (www.amazon.com) and customers will have to buy most of their titles from them. The Kindle also supports audiobooks but they must be purchased from Amazon. The ePUB format is not compatible with the Kindle, so some library eBooks cannot be downloaded to it. It is compatible with PDF, which many free eBook websites use. Features: keyboard, built-in dictionary, audio and free wireless internet. Sony Reader is a product of Sony and has a dedicated website (http://ebookstore.sony.com/) that allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks. The website also has a “Library Finder” search option, where you can find what library near you offers eBooks. The Sony Reader is compatible with ePUB and PDF formats. Features: touchscreen (except for Pocket Edition), Daily Edition has free wireless internet, and built-in dictionary. Barnes and Noble nook offers eBook titles from their website (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/). Owners of the B&N nook can “lend” purchased material to other B&N nook owners for up to 14 days at a time. It supports the ePUB and PDF formats. Features: color touchscreen/keypad, audio, and free wireless internet. • See eReader Comparison Chart below for more detailed information • For a quick look at different eReader devices, go to: Business Week’s Buyer’s Guide (Dec 2009) http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/12/1213_ereader_buyers_guide/1.htm Wired Magazine Product Reviews (Mar 2010) http://www.wired.com/reviews/product/pr_tablet_roundup Manatee County Public Library Page| 1
  2. 2. How can I download eBooks to my eReader device or software? • Consult your device’s manual or the Help/FAQ section on their website to learn how to download eBooks, since it varies between devices. Generally, it goes like this: o Download eBooks directly to your device over the Internet, if your device is Internet- enabled (usually wirelessly) OR o Download to your computer from your Web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox). Then, transfer the eBook file(s) to your device using a USB cable or similar method. Before copying, you might use a program on your computer to transform the files to another format. OR o Use a third party site (including some for-fee sites), which facilitate getting files onto your device. • Due to the large number of eBook file formats and the restricted nature of some eReaders, not all eBook file formats can be downloaded to all eReaders. A universally standard format and form of delivery have yet to be developed. However, PDF and TXT formats are accepted by most eReaders and, increasingly, so is ePUB (electronic publication). • Smartphones such as iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm Pre can also download some types of eReader software to make it possible to read eBooks on them. How do I find free eBooks? It is possible to obtain eBooks for free…if they are in the public domain or if the publisher has allowed them to be downloaded freely. The following are a few sites that offer free eBooks including classics, romance, and even some newer books. Some of these sites also sell eBooks, so look for a tab or button called Free Ebooks: Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org eReader http://www.ereader.com/ Google Book Search http://books.google.com Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/ Internet Archive http://www.archive.org Just Free Books (search engine just for finding free eBooks) Feedbooks http://www.justfreebooks.info/ http://www.feedbooks.com/ Manatee County Public Library Page| 2
  3. 3. Where can I get free eReader software? The following sites offer free software that can be downloaded to a computer or smartphone, so they can be used to read eBooks. Be aware that some take more technical know-how to install than others and are not universally compatible: Adobe Digital Editions (Sony Reader, other eReader devices, Windows PC, Mac) http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ eReader (smartphones, Windows PC, Mac, Linux) http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm Blio (not yet available) http://blioreader.com/ Calibre (Windows PC, Mac, Linux) http://calibre-ebook.com/ ComicRack (specifically for comics, Windows PC) http://comicrack.cyolito.com/ Kobo (iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Prē and Android) http://www.kobobooks.com/ Barnes & Noble eReader (nook, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows PC, Mac) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/download-reader.asp Microsoft Reader (Windows PC and Mobile) http://www.microsoft.com/Reader/ Stanza (iPhone and iPod Touch) http://www.lexcycle.com/ MobiPocket (PDAs and smartphones) http://www.mobipocket.com/EN/DownloadSoft/default.asp?Language=EN Manatee County Public Library Page| 3
  4. 4. Do I own an eBook after I have paid for it and downloaded it? Yes, but you may not be able to access it from different devices. In the current publishing market, many books are offered simultaneously in print and as an eBook. When you buy a print book, you own it and you can lend it. The majority of eBooks that you buy come with DRM built in. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management and is a way for publishers to maintain copyright control of the digital version of books. This means that you cannot always use the eBook you have purchased between devices or computers. Lending software is starting to be used by some eReader companies (see the B&N nook). What else do I need to know? • Always be sure to read the system requirements and FAQs before downloading any software. Remember, not all eBook formats can be read by all eReaders, so read the information available to see what formats are supported by each eReader device or software. • The above resources and websites are not endorsed by Manatee County Public Library or its staff, and are only offered as avenues to explore in the growing field of eBook and eReader resources. MCPL staff cannot offer technical assistance in downloading or installing software, or downloading eBooks to your computer or device. • Download software at your own risk! • For a complete list of eBook file formats, types of eReader software, and lots of other information…try MobileRead Wiki: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Main_Page • Your eReader is not only good for eBooks, but also articles, recipes, instruction manuals, etc., as long as they are in a file format that is supported by your device or software • see eReader Comparison Chart below Manatee County Public Library Page| 4
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