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  1. 1. eBooks<br />How do you solve a problem like eBooks?<br />Shanna Caines <br />550<br />Dec. 10, 2009<br /><br />
  2. 2. Some History<br />The idea of ebooks have been around for a long time<br />In 1895, Albert Robida, predicted the end of books<br />Gramophone or “speaking tube” would become small enough to carry around<br />Shanna Caines; 550; Dec. 10, 2009;<br />
  3. 3. A speaker records a book that a distant listener may later acquire and “read” at home, at leisure<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  4. 4. A pocket-sized “reading device,” portable anywhere.<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  5. 5. The automated book kiosk for “downloading” content.<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  6. 6. “Reading” on a train-which dramatically resembles today’s plugged-in youth.<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  7. 7. More History<br />In 1968, Alan Kay proposed the DynaBook<br />The DynaBook was never produced, but it is the forerunner to the eReaders we have today<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  8. 8. Dynabook<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  9. 9. More History<br />In the 1970s the Gutenberg Project made thousands of books available for free as digital documents<br />The 1990s brought the SoftBook Reader and Rocket eBook<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  10. 10. More History<br />softbook<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  11. 11. More History<br />Rocket eBook<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  12. 12. More History<br />In 2000, Stephen King released his novella Riding the Bullet exclusively as an ebook<br />Over 100,000 people downloaded it<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  13. 13. But where are eBooks now?<br />Despite early success, eBooks have not been as successful as was previously hoped<br />Why not?<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  14. 14. What is an eBook?<br />There is no standard definition to what an ebook is<br />Possible definitions: “a digital object designed to be read on a handheld reading device or to be listened to from a speech-generating tool”<br />“all linear texts of some length that can be shown on a computer screen”<br />“electronic versions of documents already in print form<br />eReader<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  15. 15. How do you use it?<br />There is no standard technology for reading ebooks<br />eReaders<br />Computers<br />iPods<br />Mobile phones<br />Various other mobile devices<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  16. 16. Who owns it?<br />Publishers are afraid of losing money on ebooks<br />Publishers are so fiercely protective of their digital rights, there is little to no interoperability between ebook systems<br />Digital Rights Management is still unclear regarding eBooks<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  17. 17. Why don’t people like it?<br />Difficult to read<br />E-paper and e-ink has made things easier, but it does not compare to a printed book<br />Cost prohibitive<br />will become more popular as the technology becomes cheaper and prices go down<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  18. 18. Why don’t libraries like it?<br />Cheaper?<br />On the surface, ebooks seem cheaper, but if patrons do not use them, what’s the point<br />Difficult to implement<br />The business model is geared towards individual sales, not libraries<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  19. 19. Is there hope?<br />ejournals are indispensible in academic libraries<br />computer, technology, and how-to ebooks are popular in libraries<br />Depending on how their implemented, some libraries have had great success with ebooks<br />The industry is still evolving, the future may hold much better options then are currently available<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />
  20. 20. References<br />Armstrong, Chris, Louise Edwards, and Ray Lonsdale. “Virtually there? E-books in UK academic libraries” Program: electric library and information systems 36.4 (2002): 216-227. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Bennett, Linda and Monica Landoni. “E-books in academic libraries.” The Electronic Library 23.1 (2005): 9-16. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Cox, John. “E-Books: Challenges and Opportunities.” D-Lib Magazine 10.10 (2004): n. pag. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Dillon, Dennis. “E-books: the University of Texas experience, part 1” Library Hi Tech 19.2 (2001): 113-124. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Fowler, Geoffrey A. “E-Readers: They’re Hot Now, But the Story Isn’t Over.” The Wall Street Journal 2 December 2009: Web. 4 December 2009<br />Gibbons, Susan. “Ebooks: Some Concerns and Surprises.” Libraries and the Academy 1.1 (2001): 71-75. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Harrison, Beverly. “E-Books and the Future of Reading.” IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications 20.3 (2000): 32-39. Web. 19 November 2000<br />Hillesund, Terje. “Will E-books Change the World?” First Monday 6.10 (2001): n. pag. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Long, Sarah Ann. “The case for e-books: an introduction” New Library World 104.1184/1185 (2003): 29-32. Web. 19 November 2009.<br />Stevenson, Iain. “Harry Potter, Riding the Bullet and the Future of Books: Key Issues in the Anglophone Book Business.” Pub Res Q 24 (2008): 277-284. Web. 9 December 2009.<br />Shanna Caines, 550, Dec. 10, 2009,<br />