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E-readers: Future in Academia?

An overview of what e-readers can/ are doing for both trade and academic publishing/ readers
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Maggie Hillmann

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of E-readers: Future in Academia?

E-readers: the beginning Types of E-readers Functions Pros Cons Implications The Economics Definition History Academic Pros Trade Pros Trade Cons Academic cons What can e-readers do?
What's different? Kindle 2 and Kindle dx Barnes & Noble Nook Sony reader touch itouch/ ipad why publish e? why stick to print? The Inspiration: my Kindle 2 May 2009: the perfect graduation gift What do e-readers mean for
publishing: both trade & academic? i read at an alarming rate instant gratification
don't use mine for academic texts also known as a digital book, an electronic text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book that can be read on a personal computer or handheld device specifically for this purpose. first concieved of in 1971
1995: Amazon sells physical books online
1998: launched first ebook readers
2006: Soney launches reader with e-ink
2008: books available for iPhone
2009: Amazon releases Kindle 2, dx
2010: iPad enhances ebook apps for iPhone/ iTouch




e-readers allow for many texts to be available for release prior to their print counterparts
e-readers can be updated frequently w/ little expense
e-readers permit readers to set for larger type or read in dim lighting
e-readers can hold the equivalent of an entire print library
e-readers are searchable and allow non-permanent annotations
e-readers allow for instant reading
many textbooks are image heavy
very small number available
privileged texts e-textbooks can be updated with little to no cost to the publisher/ lower overall costs to students
e-textbooks encourage scanning
e-textbooks allow non-permanent annotation, are searchable and have a text-to-speech function many authors, don't want e-versions of their books: e.g. J.K Rowling
aesthetic appeal: many readers love the feel of pages and won't make the technological trade
there is a high risk of physical theft of e-readers/ piracy of digital copies e-books include translations of some languages not available in print
e-books can be purchased, downloaded and used immediately
books never go "out of print" the cost of an e-reader far exceeds that of a single book
cost is prohibitive to much of the world's population
e-books often cost the same as their print counterparts
if a publisher "goes-under" the access to the e-book goes with it
production costs are frequently much lower than printed books
no returns to the publisher for unsold inventory
no depletion of natural resources
can offer unknown authors a limited free trial with no printing costs
overall, books can typically be priced below conventional books a critical frame of mind is required when considering usage
older systems should not/ probably won't disappear
technological advancements are privileged socially, politically, culturally, and economically
despite academia being behind on "talking the talk" AND "walking the walk" e-books would be unwise to ignore
decisions need to be made within individual universities for a trend to start
overall, i think recognition of these devices in both trade and academia is worth it
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