Last Updated: May 30, 2013
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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.
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.