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E-Readers: the future of reading or short-lived gadget?. Roger Mills June 2010. What is an e-Reader?. A device to display electronic texts in certain specific formats Generally using ‘e-ink’ reflective rather than transmissive screen technology

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what is an e reader
What is an e-Reader?
  • A device to display electronic texts in certain specific formats
  • Generally using ‘e-ink’ reflective rather than transmissive screen technology
  • May have wireless link to allow download/upload of texts direct from/to e-book shop
  • May allow upload of files in pdf, txt or other formats, including sound and image formats (but not movies)
  • May allow web browsing (not in UK yet)
  • May have touch screen or navigation keys/keyboard
what formats do e readers support
What formats do e-Readers support?
  • The Tower of e-Babel: WikiPedia lists 25 different formats for e-book publishing
  • Most readers support only a few
  • Most e-books only available in a few
  • Different formats support different features
  • EPUB (International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF )) may become industry standard
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So
  • Your choice of e-reader determines:
    • the range of content available to you
    • the way that content is displayed
    • the ways you can interact with that content (annotations etc)
alternatives
Alternatives
  • Smartphones
  • Netbooks/laptops
  • PC’s
  • - if format allows
  • And now the iPad – and future tablets

?

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FAQs
  • Can I search text?
  • Can I cut-and-paste?
  • Can I print?
  • Can I load pdf’s?
  • Can I download OU e-books?
faqs can i search text
FAQs: Can I search text?
  • Generally possible to search for words or string
  • No complex or Boolean statements
  • Can’t search pages saved as images
faqs can i cut and paste
FAQs: Can I cut-and-paste?
  • Usually possible to save selected text to a file, transfer file to PC and cut-paste from there
faqs can i print
FAQs: Can I print?
  • No: e-readers generally can’t connect direct to printers
  • Possible to save marked text, transfer as text file to PC and print that
  • Only one ‘page’ at a time
faqs can i load pdf s
FAQs: Can I load pdf’s?
  • Yes – but may not be zoomable, so may not be legible on small screen. Where zooming available, text does not wrap so constant panning necessary to read
faqs can i download ou e books
FAQs: Can I download OU e-books?
  • Generally not possible to download e-books provided on the web through library subscriptions, for licensing reasons
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Formats supported

Kindle (.azw, .azw1)

PDF (.pdf)

Text (.txt)

Unprotected Mobipocket (.mobi, .prc)

Audible (.aa, .aax)

MP3 (.mp3)

Convertible via Amazon:

Microsoft Word (.doc .docx)

RTF (.rtf)

Structured HTML (.html, .htm)

JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg)

GIF (.gif)

PNG (.png)

BMP (.bmp)

Compressed ZIP (.zip)

Formats supported

BBeB (.lrf, .lrx)

PDF (.pdf)

EPUB (.epub)

Text (.txt)

RTF file (.rtf)

Word file (.doc, .docx*) – auto converted by e-Book Library to RTF when transferred to Reader

MP3 file (.mp3)

AAC file (.mp4, .m4a, .mov, or .qt) (not movies)

Bitmap file (.bmp)

JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg)

GIF (.gif) (not animated)

PNG (.png)

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Text loading

Wireless (Amazon only), usb (Windows/Mac)

Screen:

16 shades grey

No backlight

Navigation:

Keys

Joystick

Keyboard

Text locations, no page nos.

Orientation

Portrait or landscape (latest software), not auto

Zoom

6 sizes (not pdf’s), no continuous zoom

Text-to-speech

Speed variable, male-female

Text loading

Usb only (Windows/Mac) : e-Book Library content management software installed automatically; uses Adobe Digital Editions

Screen

8 shades grey

No backlight

Navigation:

Keys

Touch screen

Virtual keyboard

‘Real’ page nos.

Orientation

Portrait or landscape, not auto

Zoom

5 sizes + continuous (inc. pdf’s – but layout may change)

No text-to-speech

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Annotation

Via keyboard, not pdf’s

Backup

On Amazon servers

Sound

Stereo speakers, headphones

Audiobooks, mp3

Battery

7 days (current models)

Charge via mains or usb

Memory

1.4GB, no memory card slot

Periodicals

Auto delete after 7 issues

No pictures in UK

Search

Metadata, text, annotations (pdf’s: metadata only)

Annotation

Via virtual keyboard or handwritten with stylus

Any document

Backup

On local pc

Sound

Headphones only

Mp3, aac

Battery

7,500 page turns

Charge via mains or usb

Memory

380MB, SD card, Memory Stick Duo

Periodicals

Not supported (will be on ‘Daily Edition’ reader, not yet available in UK

Search

Metadata, text, annotations, some pdf’s

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to lend or not to lend
To lend or not to lend?
  • No definitive legal approval from Amazon
  • Some US libraries started lenidng but stopped – others continue
  • Some libraries lend within library only
  • Download to own devices most likely future pattern
  • Meanwhile – borrow an e-reader from RSL!
road test an e reader

ROAD TEST AN E-READER!

Amazon Kindle 2

Sony Reader Touch

[PRS-600]

now lending e readers at rsl
Now lending e-readers at RSL
  • Ask at Enquiries
  • Details:
    • www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/services/e-readers
  • Loan period 1 week
  • May be a waiting list!
e reader survey
E-Reader survey
  • http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z55LBVN
  • Remains open
further reading
Further reading
  • The Horizon Report 2010 ed

http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2010-Horizon-Report.pdf

Good set of links to experiences in American universities

  • Wikipedia has useful comparisons and explanations of formats:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle