Patrons left to their own devices: Library databases and e-readers #ncla11

Patrons left to their own devices: Library databases and e-readers #ncla11
Lynda Kellam (’07), Amy Harris (’05), Lauren Pressley (’07), & Mark Sanders

In this session, the presenters provided an overview of the biggest players in e-readers and whether or not they play nice with libraries and library resources….

Kindle (Lynda)
– various iterations of Kindle – keeps getting cheaper!
– newest version is touchscreen
– can now get books on Kindle through Overdrive, but only if the book is available in the Kindle library & the Overdrive library
– process is also a bit clunky – many many steps (including perhaps the most unhelpful help page ever), especially if you have a 3G only version
– can also use Kindle app for iPad and get stuff via Overdrive almost immediately
– ebooks cannot be loaded across multiple devices at one time (see blog posts by Buffy Hamilton, School Library Journal) – big problem for libraries who have purchased Kindles to loan out to users!
– each Kindle has to be linked to its own account
– no integration with databases

Nook Color (Mark)
– characteristics of dedicated ereaders but not a full blown Android tablet (weakness?)
– has Android OS but can’t download from Android Market, must go to B&N
– ideal nook user reads everything – novels, magazines, Children’s books, blogs, & email
– ebooks via NCLive – needlessly cumbersome, access through web browser, read in browser or download some as PDF
– NetLibrary (EBSCOhost) – must have Adobe Digital Editions on PC to download (only about 2500 available to download), can move it over to your nook and keep for designated checkout period
– ECU checks out nooks to students, all can be on same account, share content across devices
– why would you want it? expensive, just get a tablet if want web stuff, kindle if just want to read novels

Original nook, nook touch, Sony Reader (Lauren)
Original nook
– came with 3G & wifi
– e-ink!
– can get library books on it (see Lauren’s blog post on it! Most viewed page on her blog)
nook touch
– simple navigation (just touch!)
– smaller and lighter, nice feel on the back vs kindle
– with both, software updates occur over the air instantly (not so with kindle)
– nooks take ePub format (why they were able to do library books), can also get other devices’ books on it – but these go into different files than books you buy from B&N
Sony Reader
– accepts ePub and multiple file formats, books in their store are more expensive
– Sony does NOT want libraries to loan them out
– at WFU, formed a committee to study copyright issues with ereaders before decided what to do
– purchased 2 of each to circulate

iPad (Amy)
– some providers play nicely with iPad – ex. Gale’s AccessMyLibrary (free app download), Overdrive
– some don’t – ex.EBSCO ebooks (possible, but hasn’t been successful in doing it so far), can’t scroll in the browser; new EBSCO app only works with articles
– and some just do OK – Learning Express Library ebooks are PDF, so can download and read on iPad
– technical support for these is difficult to find

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