Why eReaders Are Great Gifts…11.30.09

30 11 2009

 Excerpt from 7 Reasons Why eReaders Make Great Gifts This Year from PC Magazine:


  1. Form Follows Function
    …Currently, Amazon’s Kindle is the apex of the design imperative for e-readers. In fact, I’m not sure Barnes & Noble’s Nook will outdo it, even with that nifty energy-sucking LCD color screen (which, of course, has nothing to do with the act of reading). The current crop of e-readers fromAmazon, Sony, and others are thin, easy to hold, and, especially in Sony’s case, exceptionally easy to use. All e-readers should have a touch screen that recognizes sweeping a finger across the screen as the gesture for ‘turn the page.’ Let’s also not forget how thin most e-readers are. The Kindle is thinner than a book, much thinner than three books and two magazines, and sits comfortably in your pocketbook, backpack or hand. I don’t think we could say the same of a laptop or tablet.
  2. There is No better Way to Travel with All of Your Reading Material
    Most e-books hold 1,500 books in their flash memory. The typical reader will travel with three or four tomes of varying sizes. You can also, as I have, move magazine subscriptions to the platform. Recently, I started getting my New Yorker on the Kindle. The reading experience is, to be honest, different and a little weird. I no longer have the interstitial experience of seeing cartoons sandwiched inside a massive article on the coup in Honduras. All the cartoons are in a section at the end of the digital magazine. On the other hand, when a magazine of this density arrives every week, it’s impossible to keep up. I have been known to travel across the country with no fewer than five issues in my backpack. With my Kindle, those days are over. I could keep a dozen issues on the device and never feel the weight.
  3. Access to the Digital e-book Store is Free, No Matter Where You Are and Books are Cheaper, Too
    It’s true, there are no discounts or subsidies when you by an ereader from Amazon or Sony. But Amazon’s 3G Whispernet cellular service is 100-percent free. I can peruse the Amazon bookstore from wherever I am and even do a little web browsing (though the browser is awful) if I want, and I never pay a thing. This also means that when my latest New York Times or New Yorker is available, I don’t have to look for an open Wi-Fi network or hook up to my PC. I just turn on the free connection and download. Many of the books are cheaper than their physical counterparts and magazine subscriptions can be cheaper, too.
  4. E-books are the Best Way to Read the Old-Fashioned Way
    I know a lot of people who stare at a computer screen all day and complain of about eyestrain. E-ink, a technology that’s significantly different than LCD display technology, is fixed (no refresh), reflective (like paper), and it doesn’t introduce eyestrain unless you need new glasses or are reading without enough light. I can read on my Kindle for hours and never feel anything but delight. Yes, I have tried Kindle for the PC and reading e-books on iPhones. Both experiences were somewhat less satisfying. In fact, the iPhone was, for me at least, a total bust: The screen is just too small for reading a lengthy novel.
  5. E-books Are for Sharing
    Yes, it’s true, DRM constraints make it impossible for me to share my Kindle books with someone who owns a Nook (Oh, wait, no one does yet) or even someone with a Sony eReader. That’s not great. On the other hand, if I buy everyone in my family a Kindle and then give Kindles as gifts to my relatives over the next few years, we can share books. The reality is that I almost never share books with anyone…  
  6. Lots of People Still Want e-books
    Mr. Elgan says everyone who wants an e-reader already has one. That would make sense if Barnes & Noble hadn’t just sold out of a device that it can’t even deliver in time for Christmas, and Amazon’s Kindle hadn’t just broken a sales record
  7. E-reader Technology is Still Cutting Edge
    2010 may be the year of the tablet, but no one really knows what the age of tablet will mean for consumers. Are tablets the upgrade to e-readers or, because they’ll use LCD technology, be heavier and probably a lot more expensive, will they be something completely different? Plus, with the sudden demise of Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad, the future probably just got brighter for the e-reader market, didn’t it?…” 

Access and Ownership Issues of Electronic Resources in the Library…11.30.09

30 11 2009

Top 50 Kindle eReader Questions & Answers…11.30.09

30 11 2009

There is a good post Kindle Questions, Kindle Answers – Top 50 worth readeing if you’re in the market or have an eReader which is excerpted here:

“…Q: What is the contact information for Kindle Customer Service?

Find the email address and contact methods at the Customer Service Page. This is recommended as you can get Amazon to call you back and they know who you are.

Customer Service phone numbers –

Inside the United States: 1-866-321-8851, Outside the United States: 1-206-266-0927.

Q: Should I get Kindle or …   Nook? Sony Pocket? Sony Touch?

Here are 3 posts that will help you decide –

  1. If your heart is set on either Kindle or Nook – both are safe bets. Read my Kindle Vs Nook Review for more.  
  2. The Sony Readers are a bit behind as they lack wireless – check my Kindle Vs Sony Reader Touch Review and Kindle Vs Sony Reader Pocket Edition review.

Q: Should the Kindle be switched off or is sleep mode fine?

It’s eInk technology. It only uses power when changing the screen.

  1. There is no (or almost no) difference between sleep mode and switching off. Kindle customer service recommends sleep mode.
  2. Having it in sleep mode for days will not overheat your Kindle.

Choose Sleep Mode…”

“Evolution of Storage” infographic – history of data, music and photo storage….11.30.09

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29 11 2009

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FREE Online Webinar – Running a Virtual Library Meeting…11.29.09

29 11 2009

NEW from OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries):

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 Mountain, 9:00 Pacific, and 5 p.m. GMT:

    “Running a Virtual Meeting” Presented by Carolyn Caywood and Nicole McGee from the Virginia Beach Public LibraryAs the cost of gas rises and travel time eats into our workdays, and as new technology opens new possibilities for meeting at a distance, librarians are learning how to lead and facilitate meetings that are not face-to-face. Have these new meeting technologies gotten ahead of the human factors? What still works? What needs to be reinvented? What’s best avoided? Carolyn Caywood and Nicole McGee will present and facilitate the discussion.

    Host: Virginia Beach Public Library

    Location: OPAL Auditorium

Library Channel Spotlight: Google Scholar…11.29.09

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