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eReaders in Education. John Bansavich , Ginny Wallace & Eileen Lai March 10 th , 2010. eReader Overview. Background information on eReaders . November 2007 the first Kindle was released. Application of eReaders in education: Digital textbooks, cost savings, green technology.

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ereaders in education

eReaders in Education

John Bansavich, Ginny Wallace & Eileen Lai

March 10th, 2010

ereader overview
eReader Overview
  • Background information on eReaders. November 2007 the first Kindle was released.
  • Application of eReaders in education: Digital textbooks, cost savings, green technology.
  • Trends: iPad, tablets, touch screens.
  • CIT eReader Wiki:

Precise 5-Way Controller

Page-turning buttons

Page-turning buttons


Home: Shows content stored on your Kindle as well as content archived at Amazon.

Menu: Accesses the Kindle Store as well as

actions such as turning the wireless on/off

or adding a highlight within a book.

Digital Ink

the kindle 2
The Kindle 2
  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
  • Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, service plans, or hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • Read-to-Me: With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog, and book out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable`

the kindle store
The Kindle Store

More than 420,000 books, including U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Amazon’s vision is to have every book ever printed, in any language.

Most titles and new releases are $9.99, and you’ll find books for less.

kindle in education
Kindle in Education
  • Seton Hall Study 2008-2009
  • Kindles are being used in K-12 and universities and corporate learning environment.
  • 30,000 textbooks and case studies are available.
  • Education pilots are taking place at 7 universities and colleges during 2009-2010.
  • Goal of pilot is to learn how to adapt, develop and update the Kindle to meet the needs of learners.

adjustable text options

  • easy-to-read E Ink® display
  • 6" Diagonal display size
  • good contrast with 16 level grayscale
specs details
Specs. Details
  • Cost = $259.00
  • Size = 7.7 x 4.5 x .05 in
  • Weight = 12.1 oz
  • Wireless = G3 & Wi-Fi
  • Storage = 2GB [& memory cards]
  • “Reading Now” feature offers a virtual bookmark
  • offers a color book cover scroll of your library
  • lend eBooks to friends feature
  • includes a MP3 player – music, audio books, podcasts
  • stores photos
  • holds up to 1,500 e-books
  • expandable memory - a 16GB MicroSD card can hold up to 17,500 eBooks
  • holds a battery charge for up to ten days
        • From Barnes & Noble, Fictionwise & eReader
          • EPUB
          • PDB
          • PDF
  • Google Books Project
  • Sample eBooks for free just about anywhere you are with Wi-Fi connection
  • Download a book in seconds with Wi-Fi connection


  • easy connectivity access using Wi-Fi / G3 network
  • easy access to download and upload
  • easy reading access with 5 font options
the nook is mobile
The Nook is mobile!

If you forget your nook at home and are stuck on a bus, BART or in an airport, keep on reading with your iPhone™ or BlackBerry®, using Barnes & Noble’s free eReader software.

Lend a book!Just choose the book you want to share and send it to your friend’s nook or iPhone, iPod touch, select BlackBerry® and Motorola smartphones, PC or Mac® with Barnes & Noble eReader software.

picture of online website
Picture of Online Website
  • Over 1 million titles available
  • Cost of books – some FREE, but most $9.99 or less
  • Download books from Barnes and Noble eBookstore
  • Formats for eBooks: EPUB PDB PDF
  • Wide selection of magazines, newspapers, & journals (saved as pdfs)
application of ereader in education
Application of eReader in Education
  • The does have digital editions for some textbooks. Barnes & Noble is actively working with all the top textbook publishers to providedigital editions that will render on the Nook.
  • “Notes” can be added with the highlight feature.
sony s readers in 3 styles
Sony’s Readers in 3 Styles


reader touch edition prs 600
Reader Touch Edition (PRS-600)

6” Display with Touch Screen

Weight: 10.1 oz

Thickness: 0.4”

Resolution: 800X600

Display: Black and White;

E Ink, 8 levels grayscale

Headset Port

DC Connection Cable

USB Connection Cable



Touch Screen

navigation, turn page, bookmark page

notes, search for titles



Touch Screen Area


Page Turn Keys

Zoom: Font in 5 sizes

reader memory
Reader Memory
  • 512 MB Built-in Memory
  • Stores up to 350 books at one time
  • Memory expand to 16 GB via the media card slot

Turn page by touch, stylus or hard keys

compatibility and support
Compatibility and Support
  • MAC and PC compatible
  • TEXT: Support industry standards ePub, PDF, and other text formats
  • AUDIO: Play MP3 and AAC audio file formats
  • Annotation - Stylus for Freehand Note Taking*, Handwriting
  • Bookmarks
  • Text Memos using Virtual Keyboard
  • Keyboard for search
  • Quick Page Turn by Touch, Hard Keys or Stylus
  • Single Battery Charge up to 2 weeks
  • Audio, Images, Orientation
  • Built-in Dictionary
books accessibility
Books Accessibility

Over 1 Million eBooks.

Access to books - |

transfer ebooks
Transfer eBooks
  • Download eBooks via USB cable connect to your computer.
  • Need Sony’s Reader Library software for download.
  • eBooks are transferred from the Library to the Reader.
other free online websites
Other Free Online Websites
  • Public Libraries
  • Project Gutenberg Free eBooks Site - 30,000

application of ereader in education1
Application of eReader in Education
  • Are any textbooks available for download? Some
  • How are notes added, saved, exported? Drag and save file to Library
  • Are there any free books available? Yes
  • Open source text books? Some

iPad will redefine consumer expectations for future e-readers