eBook Applications in Libraries: Challenges & Opportunities Susan Gibbons Digital Initiatives Librarian University of Roch...
eBook Devices <ul><li>RCA REB1100- $299 </li></ul><ul><li>RCA REB1200- $699 </li></ul>
Features <ul><li>10-12 titles loaded simultaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustable backlighting </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of ...
Downloading eBooks Gemstar Server bn.com powells.com amazon.com ANALOG! Ethernet Port Gemstar Server
Encryption Problem <ul><li>Title is encrypted so that it can be read only on a single, unique reader </li></ul><ul><li>In ...
Content <ul><li>Barnes and Noble; Amazon; Powells; Gemstar Server </li></ul><ul><li>Predominately popular, adult fiction a...
eBook-only titles The Veteran By Frederick Forsyth First of a quintet of short stories Fire in the Hole By Elmore Leonard
eBook-Enhanced Titles Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian E-Book edition includes author’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech “A Case...
Patron Responses <ul><li>No complaints of eye strain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>67% read 1 or more complete titles </li></ul></...
Patron Responses <ul><li>Not just curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35% prefer ebook; 23% no preference </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Librarian Responses <ul><li>Encryption Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrons can’...
<ul><li>Digital vs analog phone lines </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate titles </li></ul><ul><li>How does one browse an ebook?...
Audio eBooks <ul><li>Digital equivalent of books on tape, but in MP3 files </li></ul><ul><li>Content is never lost of dama...
Patron Responses <ul><li>Enjoy not having to carry around boxes of cassettes and CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Want cassette adapt...
Contact Information <ul><li>Susan Gibbons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Initiatives Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U...
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What Role Does a Library Have in the Ebook World?

  1. 1. eBook Applications in Libraries: Challenges & Opportunities Susan Gibbons Digital Initiatives Librarian University of Rochester November 2, 2001
  2. 2. eBook Devices <ul><li>RCA REB1100- $299 </li></ul><ul><li>RCA REB1200- $699 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Features <ul><li>10-12 titles loaded simultaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustable backlighting </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of 2 font sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Stylus for margin notes & highlighting </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinked dictionary (REB1100 only) </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertext touch screen </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to erase markings </li></ul><ul><li>NO printing capability </li></ul>
  4. 4. Downloading eBooks Gemstar Server bn.com powells.com amazon.com ANALOG! Ethernet Port Gemstar Server
  5. 5. Encryption Problem <ul><li>Title is encrypted so that it can be read only on a single, unique reader </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, cannot transfer a purchased title onto any other reader, even of the same model </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloging implications </li></ul>
  6. 6. Content <ul><li>Barnes and Noble; Amazon; Powells; Gemstar Server </li></ul><ul><li>Predominately popular, adult fiction and non-fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Periodicals and newspaper subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>What’s Missing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young Adult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic & Scholarly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign Language </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. eBook-only titles The Veteran By Frederick Forsyth First of a quintet of short stories Fire in the Hole By Elmore Leonard
  8. 8. eBook-Enhanced Titles Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian E-Book edition includes author’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech “A Case for Literature” Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era  by John Heilemann E-Book edition includes US v. Microsoft legal documents, including Gates’ deposition
  9. 9. Patron Responses <ul><li>No complaints of eye strain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>67% read 1 or more complete titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combo backlighting & large font </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Want devices to be lighter </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons really liked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>backlighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>several titles in one package </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>larger fonts </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Patron Responses <ul><li>Not just curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35% prefer ebook; 23% no preference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reasons for ebook preference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large fonts, backlighting, easier to read & fun </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reasons for paper book preference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tradition, more durable, better selection, no battery, less expensive </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Librarian Responses <ul><li>Encryption Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patrons can’t request specific titles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Circulation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of stuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean up ebooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recharge battery </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Digital vs analog phone lines </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate titles </li></ul><ul><li>How does one browse an ebook? </li></ul><ul><li>What if it breaks? </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul>Librarian Responses
  13. 13. Audio eBooks <ul><li>Digital equivalent of books on tape, but in MP3 files </li></ul><ul><li>Content is never lost of damaged </li></ul><ul><li>Audible.com has largest collection of audio ebooks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Permits library lending </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encryption protection is relaxed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abridged, unabridged, subscriptions & non-traditional content </li></ul>
  14. 14. Patron Responses <ul><li>Enjoy not having to carry around boxes of cassettes and CDs </li></ul><ul><li>Want cassette adapters for in-car listening </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure buttons and display screen are large enough </li></ul><ul><li>Ideally, patrons want to use their own MP3 players </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contact Information <ul><li>Susan Gibbons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Initiatives Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Rochester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>This production was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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