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E-Readers: the future of reading or short-lived gadget? Isabel McMann & Hilla Wait Nov 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 May have wireless link to allow download/upload of texts direct from/to e-book shop or other sources New Amazon Kindle model allows web browsing May allow upload of files in pdf, txt or other formats, including sound and image formats (but not movies) May have touch screen or navigation keys/keyboard I-Pad is the exception
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 standard
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)
Choices Dedicated e-readers – Kindle, Sony etc. Netbooks/laptops PC’s Smartphones And now the iPad – and future tablets
FAQs Can I search text? Can I cut-and-paste? Can I print? Can I load pdf’s? Can I download OU e-books? Where can I buy e-books? Where can I get free e-books? I want an e-reader, but which one should I buy?
How to choose your e-reader Budget Purpose Range of sources available Dealbreakers Real page numbers Display preferences Formulae, graphs and diagrams Options for importing texts Ease of use Speed reading Try out a Kindle or Sony at the RSL
Kindle 2 Sony Touch Ipad Text loading Wireless (Amazon only), usb (Windows/Mac) Screen 16 shades grey No backlight Navigation Keys Keyboard NO PAGE NOs Orientation Manual P or L Zoom 6 sizes (not pdf’s), Text-to-speech Annotation Via keyboard, not pdf’s Formats Kindle (AZW) Battery 7 days (current models) Charge via mains or usb Weight/Screen Size 10.2 oz /6 inches Text loading Usb only : from PC; uses Adobe Digital Editions Screen 8 shades grey No backlight Navigation Keys Touch screen Virtual keyboard ‘Real’ page nos. Orientation Manual P or L Zoom 5 sizes–not pdfs) No text-to-speech Annotation Via virtual keyboard or handwritten with stylus Any document Formats EPUB, PDF, JPEG etc Battery 7,500 page turns Charge via mains or usb Weight/Screen Size 12.75 oz./7.1 inches Text loading Wi-fi download Transfer from PC Uses I-tunes Screen Backlit IPS Colour Navigation Touch screen Virtual keyboard ‘Real’ page nos. Orientation Auto P or L Zoom Includes PDFs Text-to-speech Annotation Touchscreen keyboard Separate notes app Formats EPUB; Audible; Kindle; PDF etc. Battery 11 hours Charge via mains Weight/ SCreenSize 1.5 lbs./9.7 inches http://paidcontent.org/table /e-reader-comparison-chart/
Amazon Kindle 2 Sony Reader Touch [PRS-600] ROAD TEST AN E-READER!
Kindle 3 Read in bright sunlight Improved, built-in PDF Reader Free 3-G wireless Support for non-Latin characters Faster page-turning
Now lending e-readers at RSL Ask at Enquiries Details: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/services/e- readerswww.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/services/e- readers Loan period 1 week May be a waiting list! E-Reader survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z55LBVN http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z55LBVN
How to get content for your e- reader Buy through your supplier or bookseller Amazon, Apple I-Store; Waterstone's; WH Smith Download from Bodleian Libraries via OxLIP+ Now: PDF journal articles; Oxford Scholarship On-Line chapters; Soon: EBL e-books; Oxford’s Google Collection Read On-Line- IPad; PC or Laptop Download free content
Free content for E-readers Project Gutenberg Google Project Internet Archive Intute peer-reviewed Other internet resources Not peer-reviewed Basic scanned older editions Not always legal in the UK Sample chapters