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Reading Online @ Simmons Library

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Slides for How I Learned to Love Reading Online: Thursday, February 21, 1-2pm, L225, part of the Your Life at the Library series.

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Reading Online @ Simmons Library

  1. 1. How I Learned to Love Reading Online Thursday, February 21, 2008 Beatley Library Simmons College
  2. 2. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog , Caspar David Friedrich, 1818, PD
  3. 3. Newsweek cover from Nov. 27, 2007
  4. 4. From lawgeek’s flickr account ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdawg/1300241735/ ), last accessed 2/18/08
  5. 5. Kindle details <ul><li>$399 for device </li></ul><ul><li>10.3 ounces </li></ul><ul><li>6 inch display </li></ul><ul><li>Holds “hundreds” of books </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless connection using 3G network </li></ul><ul><li>Supports MOBI, Microsoft Word, HTML, TXT, PRC and image files </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers, magazines, blogs, & books </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t require a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Not backlit </li></ul><ul><li>OED loaded </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>$.10 for wireless conversion </li></ul><ul><li>PDF?? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Amazon.com’s Kindle storefront ( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/133141011 ), last accessed 2/17/08
  7. 7. Sony Stats <ul><li>PRS-500 series </li></ul><ul><li>$299 for device </li></ul><ul><li>9 ounces </li></ul><ul><li>6 inch display </li></ul><ul><li>Internal memory holds up to 80 books </li></ul><ul><li>Connects to computer via UPB </li></ul><ul><li>BBeB Book , TXT, RTF, PDF*, Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Not backlit </li></ul><ul><li>No keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Switch Screen orientation </li></ul>*PDF can be created using Acrobat Standard or need to be unencrypted
  8. 8. Ebookstore.sony.com, last accessed 2/17/08
  9. 9. Fictionwise & eBookwise <ul><li>eBookwise-1150 </li></ul><ul><li>$110 plus shipping </li></ul><ul><li>18 ounces </li></ul><ul><li>Screen the size of a paperback </li></ul><ul><li>Backlit screen </li></ul><ul><li>Memory: 8MB internal flash (10 books) </li></ul><ul><li>Can add up to 128MB card (200 books) </li></ul><ul><li>Rechargeable battery </li></ul><ul><li>Rocketbook , TXT, RTF, HTML, & Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Does not support PDF </li></ul>Image from http:www.ebookwise.com, last accessed 2/17/08
  10. 11. Other readers available <ul><li>UBIT’s walkbook </li></ul><ul><li>Supports: PDF, TXT, DOC, HTML, MP3, WOL and image files </li></ul><ul><li>$310 </li></ul><ul><li>Istanbul, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>Bookeen’s Cybook </li></ul><ul><li>Supports: PDF, TXT, HTML, PDB, Mobi, MP3 and image files </li></ul><ul><li>$350 </li></ul><ul><li>iRex Iliad </li></ul><ul><li>Supports: PDF / HTML / TXT / JPG / BMP/ PNG </li></ul><ul><li>$699 </li></ul><ul><li>8.1” screen </li></ul>
  11. 12. Other “readers”? Image from Kimbooktu ( http://kimbooktu.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/bookish-wallpaper-ii/ ), last accessed 2/17/08
  12. 13. iphone 3.5 inch screen 5 hour battery life? Not technically an ebook devices, but . . . Textonphone.com Image from http://www.apple.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  13. 14. Gphone <ul><li>Big question mark </li></ul><ul><li>No delivery date </li></ul><ul><li>Software only </li></ul><ul><li>Ebook capabilities? </li></ul>Image from Feb 18, 2008 entry at http://www.google-phone.com/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  14. 15. OLPC From OLPC’s site (http://laptop.org)
  15. 16. Other Mini PCs <ul><li>Kojinsha E8 subnotebook </li></ul><ul><li>Windows XP </li></ul><ul><li>AMD Goede LX800 processor </li></ul><ul><li>512MB of memory </li></ul><ul><li>Touch screen (1024x600 resolution) </li></ul><ul><li>Memory card slot </li></ul><ul><li>USB port </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 hours of continuous use time </li></ul><ul><li>Between $529 and $635 </li></ul><ul><li>EEE PC from Asus </li></ul><ul><li>Linux operating system </li></ul><ul><li>900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU </li></ul><ul><li>4 GB of solid state memory. </li></ul><ul><li>7-inch wide color LCD with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Memory card slot </li></ul><ul><li>3 USB 2.0 ports </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 hours of continuous use time </li></ul><ul><li>$400 at Amazon.com </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of colors: White, Black, Pink, Blue, & Green </li></ul>http://www.arbus.com . Last accessed 2/19/08 http://aving.net/usa/news/default.asp , last accessed 2/19/08
  16. 17. Polymer Vision’s Readius Image from 1/22/09 Wired blogs( http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/01/readius-ebook-p.html_ , last accessed 2/17/08
  17. 18. Polymer Vision’s Readius <ul><li>Good News </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone & ebook reader </li></ul><ul><li>5” Flexible screen </li></ul><ul><li>Download content wihtout USB </li></ul><ul><li>Bad News </li></ul><ul><li>Tri-band phone </li></ul><ul><li>For European market only </li></ul><ul><li>Release? </li></ul>
  18. 19. Where’s the content? Image from http://www.lightupyourworld.nl/en/index_en.html , last accessed 2/17/08
  19. 20. http://books.google.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  20. 21. http://search.live.com , last accessed 2/17/08
  21. 22. http://www.archive.org/details/texts , last accessed 2/17/08
  22. 23. http://www.gutenberg.org/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  23. 26. http://www.dailylit.com/ , last accessed 2/17/08
  24. 27. http://www.the-future-of-ideas.com http://www2.oprah.com http://craphound.com/down/

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