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Continuing the Conversation: Gadgets in the Library, Session 2

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on April 20, 2011 - 2:26pm
Earlier today, we wrapped up the ALA TechSource Workshop Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. Here’s some of what we discussed today. Feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments-- Jason will be part of the discussion as well!
  • Amazon is going to keep track of the individual library patrons who check out Kindle ebooks and even store their notes in the hope that they’ll later buy the ebooks from Amazon.  Isn’t this a violation of libraries’ privacy policies regarding patron information?  
  • Is the Nook an eReader or a tablet?
  • Amazon is going to keep track of the individual library patrons who check out Kindle ebooks and even store their notes in the hope that they’ll later buy the ebooks from Amazon.  Isn’t this a violation of libraries’ privacy policies regarding patron information?  
  • Do you forsee Amazon changing their file types to ePub standard?
You can also chime in on Twitter. The hashtag is #libgadgets

Links to Resources that Jason Mentioned today:

Comparison of eBook formats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats

Library eBook vendors
Overdrive - http://overdrive.com
NetLibrary - http://www.netlibrary.com
EBL - http://www.eblib.com/
SpringerLink - http://www.springerlink.com/
MyiLibrary - http://www.myilibrary.com/

Useful eBook sites
Feedbooks - http://www.feedbooks.com/
Project Gutenberg - http://www.gutenberg.org/

Tools
Calibre - http://calibre-ebook.com/


The preliminary readings for this workshop were:

Jason Griffey, Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library, Chapters 1 and 2:http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/u2w721l2m73u/

The Enterprise Deployment Guide for iOS: http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/enterprise/

Buffy Hamilton's blog entries about rolling out Kindles: http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/category/kindle/

Meredith Farkas’ Fine Print: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/practice/read-fine-print

Jason Griffey, blog post on DRM: http://jasongriffey.net/wp/2010/08/25/ebooks-filetype-and-drm/


Jason’s Slides: