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1 eReaders in Education John Bansavich, Ginny Wallace & Eileen Lai March 10 th, 2010

2 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:

3 Precise 5-Way Controller Page-turning buttons Keyboard 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


5 Kindle 2 compared to Kindle DX

6 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 1570306?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=001QCM9R4XDWZ34SYBCE&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=479448211&pf_rd_i=507846`

7 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.


9 Kindle in Education Seton Hall Study 2008-2009 Seton Hall 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.

10 adjustable text options easy-to-read E Ink® display 6" Diagonal display size good contrast with 16 level grayscale

11 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]

12 Features “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

13 Memory 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

14 Reading 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 Remember:

15 Access easy connectivity access using Wi-Fi / G3 network easy access to download and upload easy reading access with 5 font options

16 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.eReader 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.

17 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 eBookstoreeBookstore Formats for eBooks: EPUB PDB PDFEPUB Wide selection of magazines, newspapers, & journals (saved as pdfs)

18 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 provide digital editions that will render on the Nook. “Notes” can be added with the highlight feature.

19 Sony’s Readers in 3 Styles Wireless

20 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 Stylus $299.99 navigation, turn page, bookmark page notes, search for titles Touch Screen

21 Page Turn Keys Zoom: Font in 5 sizes Touch Screen Area Options Stylus

22 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

23 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 IMAGE: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP

24 Features 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

25 Books Accessibility Access to books - | Over 1 Million eBooks.

26 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.

27 Other Free Online Websites Public Libraries Project Gutenberg Free eBooks Site - 30,000

28 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

29 iPod Touch and iPhone



32 Coming April 3 rd …

33 Thank you! Q&A

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