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E books mla 2011

  1. 1. E-Books and Readers Made E-Z Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library MLA/MPLA 2011
  2. 2. DISCLAIMER All of the E-books and content used for this presentation has been purchased with my own funds. No state funds were used and the opinions expressed are strictly my own and not MSL’s.
  3. 3. Ebooks & Readers
  4. 4. E-Ink vs. LED
  5. 5. 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><ul><li>Light weight </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Largely single use device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No color makes photos and graphics less attractive and usable. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. E-Ink Readers <ul><li>Amazon Kindle - $139 - $379 </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes & Noble Nook - $149 - $199 </li></ul><ul><li>Sony Reader - $180 - $300 </li></ul><ul><li>Borders Kobo Reader - $99 </li></ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Digital Rights Management (DRM) <ul><li>AZW (Amazon) </li></ul><ul><li>EPUB and EPUB with DRM (Barnes & Noble, Borders, Adobe) </li></ul><ul><li>PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Digital Editions as DRM gate for many EPUB versions </li></ul>
  8. 8. LED <ul><li>Backlit computer screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon, B&N, Sony, Borders, Google make free ereader software 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 $499 – comes with iBooks app. Free Kindle, Nook, Borders, Google apps available from iTunes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NookColor $249 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 3G or WiFi? <ul><li>With 3G, you can connect to the e-book store or the internet wherever there’s a cellular signal. </li></ul><ul><li>E-book readers with 3G generally cost more to buy but there are no additional charges. That’s not true for cell phones or tablets. </li></ul><ul><li>With wifi devices, you need a wifi internet hotspot. </li></ul>
  10. 10. 3G Coverage
  11. 11. Where do you get the e-books?
  12. 12. Overdrive Mobile App
  13. 13. Amazon Kindle Store
  14. 14. Barnes and Noble Nookbooks
  15. 15. Google eBookstore
  16. 16. Google eBooks via Independent Booksellers
  17. 17. Free Mostly Public Domain Books <ul><li>Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Munseys http://www.munseys.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Open Library (Internet Archive) http://openlibrary.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books http:// books.google.com /books </li></ul>
  18. 18. Smart Phones <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They do it all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly portable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile downloads for Android & iPhone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Battery life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly costs </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. iPad
  20. 20. Android Tablets Motorola Xoom Samsung Galaxy Tab
  21. 21. More on the way… HP Touch Pad (WebOS) BlackBerry PlayBook
  22. 22. Advantages <ul><li>Size – more screen real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Touch – interactivity/tactile </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/Video integration </li></ul><ul><li>Good for Internet browsing </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple e-reader apps available so you can buy/download from a number of different stores </li></ul>
  23. 23. Disadvantages <ul><li>Cost – cheapest iPad starts at $499 </li></ul><ul><li>3G models incur monthly costs – some require contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Size – heavy and bulky to hold </li></ul><ul><li>Screen resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Screen glare and fingerprints </li></ul>
  24. 24. Serious vs. Casual Readers <ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting/Note taking capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable to hold and navigate for long periods of time </li></ul><ul><li>Easy on the eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle, Nook, Sony Readers </li></ul>
  25. 25. For casual readers, what else do you want to do with your device? <ul><li>Listen to audiobooks? </li></ul><ul><li>Phone? </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to music? </li></ul><ul><li>Watch videos? </li></ul><ul><li>Email/Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>Take photos? </li></ul><ul><li>Play games? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Libraries & E-Books <ul><li>Licensing – renting not owning content </li></ul><ul><li>Limits on checkouts </li></ul><ul><li>Providing devices as well as content </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Rights Management </li></ul><ul><li>Planned Obsolescence </li></ul>
  27. 27. Contact Information <ul><li>Presentation will be posted to Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/sreymer/ </li></ul><ul><li>Email: sreymer@mtlib.org </li></ul>

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