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eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future

Presented at the Library 2.013 conference on 19 October 2013.

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eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future

  1. 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission Library 2.013, 19 October 2013
  2. 2. 1971: Project Gutenberg • Started with the U.S. Constitution typed into a mainframe • Now contains over 40,000 free e-texts in multiple DRMfree formats
  3. 3. 1988: NeXT Computer • First computer to include searchable eBooks. • Oxford Shakespeare & Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
  4. 4. 1989: Cyberbooks • Foresaw the current state of eReaders • Predicted the “end of publishing as we know it”
  5. 5. 1993: Apple Newton • The first “Personal Digital Assistant” • “Newton Books” • Suspended in 1998
  6. 6. 1998: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook • Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback • 1.3 lbs • Stores about 4,000 pages-the equivalent of 10 novels • Speech-quality audio for documents published with audio content • Long battery life--17 to 33 hours per charge • $369
  7. 7. 1998: SoftBook Reader • 2.9lbs • 9.5” touch-screen w/ stylus • Built-in 33.6 Kbps modem; download approximately 100 pages per minute • 5hrs per charge • $599.95, or $299.95 plus $19.95 per month for a 24 month "content package" contract (totalling $778.75)
  8. 8. 2000: Microsoft Reader • PC eBook reading software • ClearType technology • Annotations • Pan & Zoom • Highlighting • Dictionary • Battery life dependent on platform (desktop vs. laptop) • Suspended in 2012
  9. 9. 2002: Palm Trēo • Mobipocket Reader software • Download content over the air (OTA) • Desktop sync • Annotation • Highlighting • Dictionary • Software compatible with devices other than the Treo
  10. 10. 2002: TabletPC • Used in combination with Microsoft Reader software • Promoted as a “reader” due to ability to easily convert screen to portrait mode
  11. 11. 2004: Sony Libré • First eInk-based device • AAA batteries • Available only in Japan
  12. 12. What is "eInk" Content is not drawn, but “charged” 170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) Newspaper quality Does not need power to hold a display, only to change it.
  13. 13. 09/2006 eReader PRS-500 • Display • • • • eInk / non-backlit 800x600 resolution Rotatable 4-level grayscale • Three text sizes • 64MB built in storage • SD/Memory Stick card slot • USB data transfer • Approximately 7,500 page turns per charge • Approx. 9oz
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  16. 16. 06/2007: iPod Touch / iPhone • Not an explicit eBook device • Multiple reader software packages available • • • • Stanza Kindle Barnes & Noble eBook apps • Backlit non-eInk display
  17. 17. 12/2007: Sony PRS-505 • Minor improvements over the PRS-500 • 8 levels of grayscale • Redesigned controls • Additional memory card slot
  18. 18. 12/2007: Amazon Kindle • 6” screen • 200-title storage • Download wirelessly via “whispernet” (EVDO) • QWERTY Keyboard • Ability to add notes to text • Basic Web access
  19. 19. 02/2009: Kindle 2 • • • • Redesigned controls WiFi added 1500-title storage 16 levels of grayscale (eInk Pearl) • 20% faster page refresh • Text-to-speech option • 9.1mm thick
  20. 20. 11/2009: Barnes & Noble Nook • 6” eInk display and 3.5” color control display • 12.1oz • Android 1.5 • Can share a book once with another person for up to two weeks
  21. 21. 04/2010: Apple iPad • iBooks app included • Kindle app available • “text-to-voice” via VoiceOver • 1.5lbs • 9.7” backlit glossy screen • Automatic screen rotation • WiFi and/or 3G • 9+ hours of battery life depending on Internet connectivity used
  22. 22. 11/2010: Barnes & Noble Nook Color • • • • 15.8oz 7” screen WiFi 8GB internal storage • MicroSD slot • Android 2.2 • Rootable
  23. 23. 06/2011: Nook Simple Touch • 6” touch-screen display • WiFi & USB connectivity • 600x800 eInk Pearl • 2GB internal storage • microSD card slot • Android 2.1
  24. 24. 10/2011: Sony Reader WiFi (PRS-T1RC) • eInk • WiFi • 5.9oz • 16-level grayscale • 6” screen • 1.3GB internal storage • MicroSD card slot • Built in OverDrive support
  25. 25. 11/2011: Kindle Touch • 6” eInk Pearl touch display • WiFi and/or 3G • 4GB internal storage • Available with or without ads
  26. 26. 11/2011: Kindle Fire • 14.6oz • 7” LCD touch screen • WiFi • 8GB internal storage • MicroSD slot • Android 2.3 • Amazon Silk Browser • Amazon’s competitor to the Nook color & Nook color tablet
  27. 27. 01/2012: Ectaco jetBook • 9.7” 1600x1200 display • Color eInk display • WiFi • MicroSD slot • Text-to-Speech • 10,000 page turns • Speech recognition and speech analysis Language Teacher and ULearn courses • Pictured dictionaries for 38 languages Cross translator for 180 languages
  28. 28. 04/2012: nook GlowLight • Touchscreen eInk • Built-in light • Front-lit • Adjustable brightness
  29. 29. 06/2012: WEXLER. Flex ONE • Electronic Paper Display (EPD) • Flexible • 1024x768 eInk display • 4mm thick • 3.88 oz.
  30. 30. 01/2013: Plastic Logic PaperTab • Flexible (and experimental) e-ink 10.7inch tablet runs on Intel's Core i5 processor.
  31. 31. 05/2013 – Sony Digital Paper • 13.3” 1600x1200 capacitive eInk flexible display • Stylus for note taking • Educational market • Testing in Japanese universities • Shared document editing over WiFi planned
  32. 32. 2014: eInk smartphone covers
  33. 33. 2014: Color eInk Kindle? • In May 2013 Amazon.com purchases Liquavista from Samgung. • Liquavista makes screen technologies that allow for affordable color eInk displays.
  34. 34. Thank You! Michael Sauers msauers@travelinlibrarian.info http://travelinlibrarian.info/ http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ebooks CC BY-NC 3.0 The Nebraska Library Commission

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