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E Book Readers


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E Book Readers

  1. 1. E-Book Readers February 2010 Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library Offline 2010
  2. 2. E-Ink vs. LED
  3. 3. E-Ink <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier on the eyes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer battery life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single use device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No color makes photos and graphics less attractive and usable. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. E-Ink Readers <ul><li>Amazon Kindle - $259 - $489 </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes & Noble Nook - $259 </li></ul><ul><li>Sony Reader - $199 - $399 </li></ul><ul><li>Que - $649 - $799 </li></ul><ul><li>Copia - ??? </li></ul><ul><li>More coming… </li></ul>
  5. 5. LED/LCD <ul><li>Backlit computer screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon, B&N, Sony make reader software available for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Desktops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Laptops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smart phones </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apple iPad – comes with iBooks app, presumably will also run iPhone apps for Kindle and B&N </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Formats <ul><li>Amazon’s proprietary DRM-protected format </li></ul><ul><li>ePub – Sony, B&N both use ePub but it’s DRM protected and limited to their own readers/software. Presumably this will also be the case with Apple iBook’s ePub. </li></ul><ul><li>PDF – All the readers I know of now support PDF but it’s not a great experience on smaller readers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. AT&T Coverage (as advertized)
  8. 8. AT&T Coverage (probably)
  9. 9. Other Options? <ul><li>WiFi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nook, Que, iPad all come with wifi options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Download books/periodicals to computer and transfer to reader </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cost of E-Books? <ul><li>Apple iBooks $14.95 price point </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon’s battle with MacMillan over higher prices. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Issues for Libraries <ul><li>Licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of devices </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>