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Reading on E-Book Devices, the user experience
A keynote talk given at Handheld Librarian Online Conference III, a virtual conference. July 29, 2010.
KEYNOTE: "Reading on E-Book Devices: the user experience" - Download slides (PDF) - download audio file (MP3)
Description: The reading experience is getting better with the latest generation of digital reading hardware and software. In this talk, we’ll take an in-depth look at the user experience on a variety of devices and software, such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad and iPhone, Stanza, Adobe Digital Editions, and newer software, such as Blio and Copia.
What works well, what doesn’t, and what do users prefer for different kinds of reading situations? How is the definition of an "ebook" changing and how are publishers and authors responding to the changing landscape? What does this mean for the purchasing decisions of libraries?
Librarians have an opportunity to become experts on reading apps and devices, recommending the best options for our users and advocating with publishers to move in directions that will best serve our readers. Come see examples of what libraries are doing in this area and get inspired with ideas for how we can influence the future of e-reading.
Newly announced Nook color (Oct. 26, 2010):
iBooks vs. Kindle for iPad
http://youtu.be/_x80sfCpwlY (this video was removed)
Another similar video that compares the Kindle and iPad: http://youtu.be/_DhSM-4xEBQ
The Elements iPad app
Marvel Comics reader
iAnnotate for iPad
iPad app: The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross
Alice for the iPad
2. E-Reader pilot at Princeton
3. Comparison of ebook readers
4. Ray Kurzweil vows to right ereader wrongs.
5. I am a frustrated eBooks (non) user. Librarian in Black.
Blog post, June 14, 2010
6. Libraries and ebooks: tough issues that it's time to debate: Martin Taylor
7. A movement toward reasonable DRM management? Andy Ihnatko
Chicago Sun-Times, July 25, 2010
8. There’s an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: an Introduction to Public Policy Considerations (PDF)
by Timothy Vollmer
9. In Front of (e)Readers
by Josh Hadro, Library Journal, Feb. 15, 2010
10. COSLA's Ebook Feasibility Study Suggests National Buying Pool
Library Journal, July 28, 2010
11. Calibre: free software for converting ebooks to different formats
12. TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home (great blog for keeping up with ebooks and publishing)
13. Seven Ways Electronic Books will Make Us Better Readers
13. Books in Browsers:
Keynote speech by Brewster Kahle:
Examples mentioned in his talk:
Internet Archive BookReader (Open Library)
O'Reilly books on Scribd
A related presentation:
It's a Mobile World, Where Do You Fit? Delighting library users with creative mobile services
Nicole Hennig, May 14, 2010
Nicole Hennig, Head, User Experience Group, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, MA
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