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Websites and Blogs About E-books & E-readers

There is no doubt that e-books and e-readers are becoming more common. Whether you are trying to decide whether and which device to buy or you are an experienced e-book reader looking to learn more about your device, e-book formats, or trends this guide has resources to help you learn more. 

  • The Digital Reader
    This is a news and reviews blog about e-readers and e-books.
  • An Explanation of eBooks, Filetypes and DRM
    Jason Griffey, librarian and technologist, lays out the key issues related to e-books, file types, and digital rights. This is an old post and some things have changed (like you can get eBooks from the library for your Kindle). But the concepts remain the same - it's all about the file types and rights management.
  • Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad
    The editors at CNET help break down the factors you might want to consider when deciding which device to buy. This post is from November 2011 and covers most of the major devices including the Kindle Fire.
  • Nook vs. Kindle
    This blogger has done a lot of research on Nooks and Kindles. A helpful user pointed out this handy comparison chart that puts all the specs right at your fingertips. It doesn't have every device but is really convenient if the ones you are considering are listed.
  • eReader Recommendations
    PC Magazine has rated some of the top-selling eReaders. This article sums up their recommendations for the best eReaders.
  • eReader Lookup
    This database of eReading devices allows you to filter and make quick comparisons onscreen on the fly.
 

Books about eBooks

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No Shelf Required
Central Library
Call #025.174 N659

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Print is Dead: Books In Our Digital Age
Central Library
Call #070.5 G586p

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Exploring the Digital Library
Call Number: 025.0028 J633e
Central library

E-books and Libraries

As of 2011 over 65% of public libraries are offering e-books to their patrons. To find out more about this growing trend and the issues that come up in libraries, check out some of these links.

  • No Shelf Required
    Sue Polanka writes this blog about e-books specifically as they relate to libraries.
  • ALA E-Books Website
    This website is meant to be a resource to support libraries in their transformation from print to digital content.
  • Library Renewal
    This non-profit is working on building a grass-roots base of support for digital content in libraries.
  • E-Discover the Classics
    Douglas County Libraries in Colorado are integrating e-books into their library services in several ways. Learn from their experience and get helpful tips from their blog.
  • The Big 6 Publishers & Library E-books
    It can be hard to know what e-books are available to borrow from libraries. This table compiled by American Libraries shows what is available to libraries from each of the Big Six publishers, under what terms and at what price.
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