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eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future

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Presented @ NEFLIN Tech Day
Jacksonville, FL
19 June 2013

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eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future

  1. 1. eBooks & eReaders:Past, Present & FutureMichael SauersNEFLIN Technology Conference19 June 2013 - Jacksonville, FL
  2. 2. • Started with theU.S.Constitutiontyped into amainframe• Now containsover 40,000 freee-texts inmultiple DRM-free formats1971: Project Gutenberg
  3. 3. • First computer toinclude searchableeBooks.• Oxford Shakespeare &Oxford Dictionary ofQuotations1988: NeXT Computer
  4. 4. • Foresaw the currentstate of eReaders• Predicted the “end ofpublishing as we knowit”1989: Cyberbooks
  5. 5. • The first “PersonalDigital Assistant”• “Newton Books”• Suspended in 19981993: Apple Newton
  6. 6. • Ergonomic, ambidextrousdesign, about the size ofa paperback• Weighs only 22 ounces• Stores about 4,000pages--the equivalent of10 novels• Speech-quality audio fordocuments published withaudio content• Long battery life--17 to 33hours per charge1999: Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook
  7. 7. • PC eBook reading software• ClearType technology• Annotations• Pan & Zoom• Highlighting• Dictionary• Battery life dependent onplatform (desktop vs.laptop)• Suspended in 20122000: Microsoft Reader
  8. 8. • Mobipocket Readersoftware• Download content over theair (OTA)• Desktop sync• Annotation• Highlighting• Dictionary• Software compatible withdevices other than the Treo2002: Palm Trēo
  9. 9. • Used incombinationwith MicrosoftReadersoftware• Promoted asa “reader” dueto ability toeasily convertscreen toportrait mode2002: TabletPC
  10. 10. • First eInk-baseddevice• AAA batteries• Available only inJapan2004: Sony Libré
  11. 11. Content is not drawn, but “charged”170 Pixels Per Inch (PPI)Newspaper qualityDoes not need power to hold a display, only to change it.What is "eInk"
  12. 12. • Display• eInk / non-backlit• 800x600 resolution• Rotatable• 4-level grayscale• Three text sizes• 64MB built in storage• SD/Memory Stick cardslot• USB data transfer• Approximately 7,500page turns per charge• Approx. 9oz09/2006 eReader PRS-500
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  15. 15. • Not an explicit eBookdevice• Multiple readersoftware packagesavailable• Stanza• Kindle• Barnes & Noble• eBook apps• Backlit non-eInkdisplay06/2007: iPod Touch / iPhone
  16. 16. 12/2007: Sony PRS-505• Minorimprovementsover the PRS-500• 8 levels ofgrayscale• Redesignedcontrols• Additional memorycard slot
  17. 17. • 6” screen• 200-title storage• Download wirelesslyvia “whispernet”(EVDO)• QWERTY Keyboard• Ability to add notes totext• Basic Web access12/2007: Amazon Kindle
  18. 18. • Redesigned controls• WiFi added• 1500-title storage• 16 levels ofgrayscale (eInkPearl)• 20% faster pagerefresh• Text-to-speechoption02/2009: Kindle 2
  19. 19. • 6” eInk display and 3.5” color controldisplay• 12.1oz• Android 1.5• Can share a book once withanother person for up to twoweeks11/2009: Barnes & Noble Nook
  20. 20. • iBooks app included• Kindle app available• “text-to-voice” viaVoiceOver• 1.5lbs• 9.7” backlit glossy screen• Automatic screen rotation• WiFi and/or 3G• 9+ hours of battery lifedepending on Internetconnectivity used04/2010: Apple iPad
  21. 21. • 15.8oz• 7” screen• WiFi• 8GB internalstorage• MicroSD slot• Android 2.2• Rootable11/2010: Barnes & Noble NookColor
  22. 22. • 6” touch-screendisplay• WiFi & USBconnectivity• 600x800 eInk Pearl• 2GB internal storage• microSD card slot• Android 2.106/2011: Nook Simple Touch
  23. 23. • eInk• WiFi• 5.9oz• 16-level grayscale• 6” screen• 1.3GB internalstorage• MicroSD card slot• Built in OverDrivesupport10/2011: Sony Reader WiFi (PRS-T1RC)
  24. 24. • 6” eInk Pearltouch display• WiFi and/or 3G• 4GB internalstorage• Available with orwithout ads11/2011: Kindle Touch
  25. 25. • 14.6oz• 7” LCD touch screen• WiFi• 8GB internal storage• MicroSD slot• Android 2.3• Amazon Silk Browser• Amazon’s competitorto the Nook color &Nook color tablet11/2011: Kindle Fire
  26. 26. • 9.7” 1600x1200 display• Color eInk display• WiFi• MicroSD slot• Text-to-Speech• 10,000 page turns01/2012: Ectaco jetBook• Speech recognition and speechanalysis Language Teacher andU-Learn courses• Pictured dictionaries for 38languages Cross translator for180 languages
  27. 27. • Touchscreen eInk• Built-in light• Front-lit• Adjustablebrightness04/2012: nook GlowLight
  28. 28. • Electronic PaperDisplay (EPD)• Flexible• 1024x768 eInkdisplay• 4mm thick• 3.88 oz.06/2012: WEXLER. Flex ONE
  29. 29. • Flexible (and experimental) e-ink 10.7-inch tablet runs on Intels Core i5processor.01/2013: Plastic Logic PaperTab
  30. 30. • No longerlimited toB&Napprovedapps05/2013: Nook tablets get Play store
  31. 31. • 13.3” 1600x1200capacitive eInkflexible display• Stylus for notetaking•Testing in Japaneseuniversities•Shared documentediting over WiFiplanned05/2013 – Sony Digital Paper
  32. 32. Stephen King says his newnovel will not be released asan eBook. It becomes oneanyway.06/2013 – non-eBook eBook
  33. 33. • Send in print books to be scanned for $1/100pages06/2013 – 1DolarScan
  34. 34. Late 2013: Color eInk Kindle?• In May 2013 Amazon.com purchasesLiquavista from Samsung.• Liquavistamakesscreentechnologiesthat allow foraffordablecolor eInkdisplays.
  35. 35. Michael Sauersmichael.sauers@nebraska.govhttp://travelinlibrarian.info/http://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ebooksCC BY-NC 3.0Thank You!

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