E-books: Tablets and eReaders

E-books: Tablets and eReaders webadmin Tue, 10/18/2011 - 10:41

which readerThe following sections discuss devices, describe features, provide initial comparisons, and review a few "major" eReaders and tablets from companies with associated eBookstores; "?" marks models that may be discontinued or not yet announced.

eReader
  • eBook-only device
  • black&white "eInk" display (diag. size); light*; buttons/keyboard; WiFi,3G?
  • battery life: days, weeks; weight: ~8 oz.; ~$70-
  • 5": Kobo Mini
  • 6": Kindle (Keyboard; Paperwhite*); Kobo (Touch; Glo*); Nook SimpleTouch (Glowlight*)
Tablet
  • sticky note PCeBooks (via eReader apps) and other apps (including 'enhanced' eBooks)
  • color LCD display (diag. size); touch interface; WiFi,3G/4G? web/email access, apps, games, ...
  • battery life: hours; ~$150-500
  • 7": Kindle Fire; Kobo Arc; Nook HD; iPad Mini (7.9")
  • 9": Kindle Fire HD (8.9"); Nook HD Plus (9.5"); iPad2, iPad w/ Retina Display (9.7")
Other Devices
  • phone featurescan be used to read E-books -- to be discussed briefly later
  • smartphone, MP3 players: small (or no) screen?
  • desktop, laptop computers: portability?
  • non-major/non-publisher eReaders, general tablets: support?
General Discussion

E-books: Features

E-books: Features webadmin Fri, 09/23/2011 - 14:55

you vs. technologySome features and assumptions to consider when deciding among tablets and eReaders:

you, the reader
readers' needs are different -- "one size does not fit all; your mileage may vary..."
evaluate hands-on if possible
Checkbox Syndrome: Why We Spend Money on Things We Don?t Need (and How to Avoid It) 5/15/2012
paper featuresthe eReader or tablet
more than the sum of its specifications and reviews
part of a "reading system", including you, books, stores, environment, ...
there are always design (and environmental) tradeoffs: no 'perfect' information system/device: desktop, laptop, tablet, eReader, smartphone, media player, wristwatch, ... even paper (including eyeglasses, lamp, shelves, search, ...)
book vs. batterybattery life
hours (tablet); days - weeks (eReader)
iPad family aces battery tests while Android tablets lag 12/7/2012
weight, portability, travel
eReaders are lighter than tablets
FCC urges FAA: Let passengers keep gadgets during takeoff 12/7/2012
Do Our Gadgets Really Threaten Planes? The ban rests on anecdotes, not on hard evidence?because there isn't any; 9/7/2012
The FAA is studying expanding device usage on flights but don?t worry, voice calls are off limits; 8/27/2012
airplane turn off ebooks booksWearable Gadgets Upset F.A.A. Curbs on Devices 6/17/2012
The Mystery of the Flying Laptop (TSA screens laptops but not netbooks, tablets, e-readers, phones, ...); 4/6/2012
Q. When an e-reader is loaded with thousands of books, does it gain any weight? (A. yes, on the order of an atogram, or 10-18 g.); 10/25/2011
download apps before breakfasteReader: books only vs. tablet: enhanced books, apps, media
storage capacity for books, documents -- and apps, video, audio?
Finding Your Book Interrupted ... By the Tablet You Read It On (distractions: e-mail, Facebook, videos, ...); 3/5/2012
Reading Books on a Tablet Is Dumb (single device vs. distraction); 3/5/2012
can't tell screen by coverdisplay
display area: phone (4-5"); eReader (5-6"); tablets (7-10")
contrast, brightness (indoor vs. outdoor use); optional light; fonts
resolution (pixels; ppi:pixels per in.)
iPad2: 1024x768 @ 132 ppi
Kindle Fire: 1024x600 @169 ppi
Kindle Fire HD: 1920x1200 @ 254 ppi
'new' iPad: 2048x1536 @ 264 ppi ('Retina display')
eink vs. lcdblack&white (eInk) vs. color (LCD)
Light Reading: How the Kindle Paperwhite Works 12/26/2012
The New Old Age: The Gift of Reading back-lit screens and adjustable font sizes may lead to faster reading by older adults; 12/12/2012
E-readers grapple with a future on the shelf e-reader (eInk) has become a transitional technology; 10/28/2012
LCD vs. E Ink: Which is better for e-reading? 5/31/2011
How Electronic Ink Works
cat prefers mousenavigation
keyboard and/or buttons vs. touch (and gestures)
page turning, scrolling, Table of Contents (TOC), library, store
ease of search, definitions, annotation, bookmarks
Apple Granted Patent for Their Page Turn Animation 11/15/2012
product announcementsnetworking
desktop(USB), WiFi, 3G-4G (cellular); bookstore-only or web?
online stores: book -- and app -- availability; samples; lending
file formats: open (ePub) or proprietary; Mobi; PDF; other?
how many apps available? from vendor only? security, e.g., screened for malware?
Android's Tablet Troubles 10/14/2012
How Compatible Are Rival E-Readers? 5/10/2012
book sampleDigital ecosystems: an in-depth comparison Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sony: movies&music, reading, gaming; mobile, desktop, shopping, social, integration; 4/18/2012
Informal e-reader library comparison (book and periodical availability: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad); 10/28/2011
content: quality, adware (e.g., E-book 'missing content'? Amazon must do better); 9/30/2011
reliability, support; software upgrades
it's generally a good idea to wait a little while after a new model is first available to learn about any hardware omissions or issues, or software problems that can (or can't) be patched
OS and app upgrades may be non-existent / infrequent, esp. for generic devices
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support 10/26/2011
additional unsupported features may be accessed by "hacking", "jailbreaking" or "rooting" your iOS or Android device
however, this requires technical skills, increases vulnerability to malware, and may void your warranty -- not recommended, and not covered here
error 404DRM (digital rights management, i.e., copy protection)
usually specific to publisher, author and/or book: text-to-speech?
loan? print? email? copy/paste?
users "DRMed" if E-books do (incompatible across platforms);
authors "DRMed" if E-books don't (more difficult to create revenue)
Read E-Books On Multiple Devices 3/8/2012
iBook?s DRM Defenses Are Now Only for Show (Requiem); 2/25/2012
Our relationship with e-books: It?s too complicated (Balkanization, ebook hell; sharing notes/passages: OpenMargin, Readmill, Findings; sharing books, unavail features, DRM); 11/1/2011
reading audio transcript in bedText To Speech (TTS)
Text to speech on the iPad Tutorial (with iBooks, etc.); 4/8/2010
Random House shuts down Kindle text-to-speech for their titles 5/15/2009
Disability groups demand full return of Kindle's text-to-speech 3/20/2009
Kindle Read-to-Me
Kobo, Nook: TTS not currently supported?
coloring bookmedia: pictures, animation, video, audio (music, narration), esp. children's books
So Now What Will iPad Rivals Say in Their Commercials? (Adobe drops support for mobile Flash); 11/9/2011
Booktrack adds sound effects and music soundtracks to eBooks 9/7/2011
Vook digital book with video, ...
smells like the timesaccessories, other hardware features
speed, camera, GPS, storage cards, ...
Is the iPad making men effeminate? ...sales of manbags are soaring, because men need somewhere to put their iPads. At the same time, women's bags are getting smaller?; 10/14/2012
Furniture Meets the Digital Age (adapting to E-readers and tablets; 3/29/2012)
Dressing Up an E-Reader for Style and Comfort (lights; screen management; audio enhancement; stands); 2/16/2012
Tablets: What Amazon and Apple know that all the CES tablet peddlers are still missing (services rather than features); 1/10/2012
why to buy tablettotal cost
device, books, advertising 'tax', subscription/carrier lock-in, accessories, ...
save money on older models / competitors' products discounted when new models are introduced
save money on refurbished models (w/ original warranty)
Kindle Fire HD: Amazon's anti-Apple profit engine Bezos: "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices"; 9/6/2012
Why Not Carry Different E-Book Readers? 9/5/2012
"lifetime value" 10/26/2011; (razor and blades business model)

E-books: Formats

E-books: Formats webadmin Fri, 09/23/2011 - 14:15

formats

Introduction

ePub

moses tablets

Apple

Amazon

HTML

pdf converter

PDF

  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • public format (but controlled by Adobe)
  • source issues: reflow text, extract images
  • destination issues: fixed layout & page-size on smaller screens

moses: no audio or ebook format

Other Formats

  • "app" (book embedded): flexibility vs. "standard" navigation (possibly different from eReader apps); less portable across models/devices/versions: developer/author may need to rewrite/retest
  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf): public format (but controlled by Microsoft); source: for ePub conversion; destination issues: file, user interface (& maybe font) incompatibilities across Word versions/installations; app large, complex & expensive, though free alternatives are available (Open Office, LibreOffice, Google Docs, ...); user ability to modify the "book" could be disadvantage
  • Wolfram CDF: Wolfram launches its own interactive document format 7/21/2011

E-books: Comparisons

E-books: Comparisons webadmin Fri, 03/16/2012 - 12:56

questions nook kindleThis and the following pages present an evolving snapshot of devices, features, prices and companies -- be sure to check dates of reviews and comparisons. This is not a complete survey: there are many similar lesser-known eReaders and tablets (in addition to desktop and smartphones) that we will not discuss. Please let me know about any new products, rumors, or obsolete web links.

E-books: Kindle

E-books: Kindle webadmin Sat, 10/22/2011 - 14:32

kindle table

Products

kindle fire 2

Reviews and Articles

E-books: iPad

E-books: iPad webadmin Sat, 10/22/2011 - 14:31

iPad

Products

iPad carbon paper

Reviews and Articles

iPad tablet moses

E-book Apps

newstand

News Apps

Slideshows: Introduction

The following 3 slideshows illustrate selected apps on the iPad. Most screenshots are in portrait orientation, though most books/apps can be rotated to landscape. An iPad eReader app (e.g., Kindle) will appear and behave somewhat differently from its respectively named eReader device, e.g., access to an E-bookstore will occur via web browser and not directly "in app" (to avoid Apple's fees and policies). There are many apps included below for demonstration purposes; minimize the number of eReader apps you actually need and use in practice -- to minimize learning about different navigation controls, and remembering which app (and library) to access in order to find and read a book (there is no unified library across apps)!

  • apps (eReaders: Apple): iBooks (books, .pdf), Newsstand
  • apps (eReaders: 3rd parties): Goodreader (.pdf), Google, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Overdrive
  • apps (enhanced 'books'): Alice, Crosswords, Epicurious, Leafsnap, Lonely Planet, Marvel, Seafood Watch, Shakespeare, Topomaps, Toy Story, SF Travel, Unesco, WebMD

E-books: iPad: iBooks and Newsstand apps

E-books: iPad: iBooks and Newsstand apps webadmin Thu, 10/27/2011 - 03:37
  1. iPad Home screen; folders of apps
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  2. Books folder: eReader and custom apps; open iBooks
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  3. iBooks bookshelf view; view icons at upper right; book samples
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  4. Collections: Books, PDFs or your own folders
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  5. iBooks list view; open Winnie-the-Pooh
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  6. First page
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  7. Turn a page slowly; note animation and transparency
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  8. Upper right controls: display, search, bookmark; Display: brightness; font size, family, theme
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  9. After making font larger; Font Theme
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  10. Font Family
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  11. Side-by-side pages (landscape view by rotating iPad)
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  12. Search book; note: TOC icon at upper left
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  13. Table of Contents; tap Resume reading
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  14. Tap on word; context commands: Dictionary, Highlight, Search
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  15. Dictionary definition
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  16. Turn on highlighting; optional: add a Note
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  17. Note (saved with book)
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  18. TOC also lists Bookmarks and Notes; Notes: Email or Print; (Buy button)
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  19. Notes: Email
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  20. Search results for word
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  21. bottom: navigation ('scroll') bar, section headings, page numbers (# of 'pages' depends on font size, screen orientation)
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  22. iPad Settings: Accessibility: Voiceover
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  23. Voiceover settings: any text on screen, and image descriptions!
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  24. Click Buy button within (sample) book
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  25. full iBookstore, via Store button (from Library): Featured ebooks
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  26. NYT Best Sellers
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  27. Top Charts (paid, free)
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  28. Authors
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  29. Categories
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  30. iBook: Yellow Submarine
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  31. TOC
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  32. embedded audio
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  33. embedded movies
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  34. iBook: Life on Earth; textbook by E.O. Wilson; cover w/ movie
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  35. Chapter 1
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  36. Interactive diagrams/movies
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  37. List of PDF documents
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  38. First PDF page
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  39. PDF Table of Contents
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  40. Zoom in/out on a page via open/close gestures
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  41. Actions: Email or Print a PDF
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  42. Newsstand rack
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  43. Newsstand store
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  44. NYT: tap in Newsstand folder
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  45. NYT: TOC
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  46. Wired magazine
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  47. cover
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  48. TOC
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  49. The Week: list of issues
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  50. TOC and main articles
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E-books: iPad: eReader apps

E-books: iPad: eReader apps webadmin Thu, 10/27/2011 - 03:37

iPad Books folder: various eReader apps
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GoodReader
  1. list of PDFs (when iBooks isn't enough...)
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  2. PDF page and many commmands
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Google Books
  1. Library view
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  2. upper right: typical commands; bottom: nav bar
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  3. Table of Contents
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  4. font options
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  5. book info
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  6. ebookstore (via Google web site)
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Kindle
  1. books in library
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  2. library as list
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  3. opening a book
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  4. navigation options
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  5. font options
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  6. commands for a highlighted word
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  7. online bookstore (via Amazon web site)
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Kobo
  1. books in library
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  2. library as list
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  3. first page of a book
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  4. Table of Contents
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  5. font options
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  6. book overview
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  7. app settings
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  8. notification messages
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  9. bookmark settings
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  10. online bookstore (via KoboBooks web site)
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Nook
  1. Nook
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  2. books in library
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  3. Table of Contents
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  4. font options
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  5. commands for a highlighted word: Highlight, Notes, Look Up
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  6. online bookstore (via Barnes & Noble web site)
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Bluefire Reader
  1. library
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  2. page with commands
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  3. TOC
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  4. settings
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  5. formatting
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OverDrive
  1. library contents; check out eBooks from public libraries
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  2. add a library
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  3. select Ashland
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  4. login to Library2Go web site with Jackson County library card
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  5. eBook categories
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  6. Science Fiction & Fantasy
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  7. 3 books (1 ePub, 1 Kindle, 1 Audio) added to cart
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  8. checkout
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  9. ready to download
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  10. download Kindle version (via Amazon web site)
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  11. ePub and audio appear in Library
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  12. ePub Table of Contents
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  13. ePub page and controls
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  14. Audio Table of Contents (after downloading only 1st section)
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  15. Audio playing
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  16. Kindle library after sync (borrowed book at upper left)
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  17. book page
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E-books: iPad: other book apps

E-books: iPad: other book apps webadmin Thu, 10/27/2011 - 03:36
Alice (Lite)
  1. cover
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  2. Table of Contents
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  3. watch swings, using iPad motion sensor
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Crosswords
  1. change font, download puzzles, check answers
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Epicurious
  1. featured recipes
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  2. Vegetarian Main courses
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  3. recipe
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  4. ingredient list
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Leafsnap
  1. interactive tree guide: Blue Spruce cone
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Lonely Planet
  1. 1000 Ultimate Experiences
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  2. stack of 1000 info cards
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  3. category: Top Mountains to Climb without a Porter
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  4. category: Top 10 Off-the-Beaten-Track National Parks
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  5. parks
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  6. Crater Lake
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  7. Crater Lake info
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Marvel Comics
  1. Marvel
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  2. list of comics
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  3. cover
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  4. page
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Seafood Watch
  1. by Monterey Bay Aquarium (iPhone app)
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  2. best choices
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Shakespeare
  1. library contents
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  2. Henry IV Part 2, with Table of Contents
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Storia
  1. from Scholastic; library
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  2. Stop That Hamster: cover
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  3. Stop That Hamster: TOC
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  4. Stop That Hamster: illustration and commands
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Topo Maps
  1. Mt. McLoughlin; + Pacific Crest Trail waypoints
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Toy Story Read-Along
  1. cover
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  2. page with read-along narration
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  3. menu
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  4. fingerpaint activity
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Triposo: San Francisco Travel Guide
  1. all categories
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  2. sightseeing, and filtered map
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Unesco World Heritage
  1. TOC
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  2. Chile
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  3. Valparaiso
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WebMD
  1. main page
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  2. First Aid topics
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  3. treatment for burns
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E-books: Nook

E-books: Nook webadmin Sat, 10/22/2011 - 14:35

nooks

Products

Reviews and Articles

E-books: Google Books

E-books: Google Books webadmin Sun, 10/23/2011 - 14:07

google nexus 7

Products

Reviews and Articles

E-books: Kobo

E-books: Kobo webadmin Sun, 10/23/2011 - 10:46

kobo

Products

Reviews and Articles

E-books: OverDrive

E-books: OverDrive webadmin Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:35

overdrive

Products

Library2Go

  • Jackson County Library2GoJackson County Library: Download Books, Audiobooks & Videos (via Overdrive & Library2Go); [from Mail Tribune] "Learn how to use libraries' multimedia reader services. Jackson County Library Services will host introductory presentations on Library2Go, Jackson County Library's downloadable e-book, audiobook and video service.... Attendees will learn how their e-reader or audio device works with library software, and how to use it to access thousands of books anytime. There will be an introductory session to give an overview of Library2Go, as well as time for questions and one-on-one assistance. For information, call 541-774-8679."
  • library 2 goLibrary2Go: Oregon Digital Library Consortium

no late fees

Reviews and Articles

E-books: Other Devices

E-books: Other Devices webadmin Sat, 10/22/2011 - 14:34

meet the narrator

Audiobooks

no computer state of grace

Desktop, Laptop: General

Sigil

Desktop, Laptop: Applications (alphabetically)

newt's cape on newton

eReaders, Tablets, Other

E-books: Future

E-books: Future webadmin Tue, 10/18/2011 - 11:13

future of book

General

e-ink and ants

Display