eBook Readers (dedicated hardware)
Currently available eBook readers tried by users
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22 September 2009
Please add to the below if you have had personal experience of using eBook readers - please indicate the format and eBook Reader you've used.
10:02 on 22 September 2009
I've found the YouTube video I was looking for in our session yesterday. Heads-up courtesy of TeleRead, it's a French (but subtitled) video on the 'possible or probable' future of reading. It seems to me that some of the themes are very similar to that generally for mobile tech, but also some convergence with a thinner, more portable ultra-mobile PC/netbook perhaps.
10:02 on 24 September 2009 (Edited 10:09 on 24 September 2009)
Comment 1 by Rhodri Thomas
11:17am 22 September 2009
Is the Kindle coming to the UK - do we care? do we believe the hype? Have you head the keyboard/size/annotations debates? The last I saw on availability was a little while ago so not sure if others have seen more? It at least might be a good forward step to release the iPhone app outside the US that doesn't rely on the technical 'Whispernet' over-the-air updates...
Personally, I've been a bit annoyed by the buying up of eBook/apps companies of late (e.g. Mobipocket, Stanza by Amazon) that may be improving the hardware at the cost of innovations in multiplatform software. In other areas perhaps the purchase of eReader by Barnes&Noble is a bit better, but then you seem to have many online repositories/accounts for similar content (incl. eReader and Fictionwise's own stores)...?
Comment 2 by Gráinne Conole
4:23pm 22 September 2009
Keren do you count things like the iphone - which arent strictly ebook readers but have some similarities?
Comment 3 by Keren Mills
4:30pm 22 September 2009
It'll be interesting to see in which contexts people use multi-function devices like iPhones vs dedicated ebook readers.
Comment 4 by Gráinne Conole
4:39pm 22 September 2009
Ok thanks Keren - good question re: contexts. One of the things that has really wowed me about the iphone is that it is such a diverse tool - with stanza I have access to loads of books, i have a complete spanish dictionary etc etc. I am finding that my iphone + laptop are all I need now. Wonder what other people's views are?
Comment 5 by Liz Mallett
11:25am 23 September 2009
Grainne, I am conducting a small scale library ebook reader pilot , due to finish in November. We are piloting the use of iPod Touches and Sony eReaders, and are finding some interesting results when comparing the two. I will post more details when we have them.
Comment 6 by Gráinne Conole
12:03pm 23 September 2009
Sounds really interesting Liz will be great to hear your findings. I think the look and feel and the apps for the iphone are transformative and have amazing potentially educationally. I wish I had all my spanish learning materials, flash cards etc available on there. Fernando (the course chair for L140) showed me a prototype they are working on - very exciting!
Comment 7 by Liz Mallett
12:06pm 23 September 2009
Yes, the potential for language learning is enormous. I'll look forward to seeing the L140 prototype!
Comment 8 by Gráinne Conole
12:16pm 23 September 2009
Me too - think i need to spend the next year consolidating L140 - at the mo feel like my learning is going backwards not forwards!!!
Comment 9 by Gráinne Conole
11:40am 24 September 2009
Apols re: the two column format and videos - will be changing this very soon in the next few weeks.