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Sonys, Nooks, and Kindles… Oh My!: Reflecting on the Use of E-readers for Providing Library Services ( Poster )

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Title:
Sonys, Nooks, and Kindles… Oh My!: Reflecting on the Use of E-readers for Providing Library Services ( Poster )
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Richmond, Clifford
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Gainesville, FL
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UF Health Science Center Libraries
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English

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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AmazonMay 27, 2010 (Pers. Comm.) We do not have that particular title in native format, but have an earlier edition available for $19. 22 each . The publishers make the decision whether or not to allow their titles to be made available in Kindle format . You would have to “petition” us and we would approach the publishers to see if it is possible . Providing a Kindle with pre loaded content would be a violation of the User Agreement . SonyJune 7, 2010 (Pers. Comm.) We do not have that particular title and are not looking to get into the textbook market . Our readers are compatible with pretty much any type of E Pub format . It would be up to you to contact the publisher to release the title in some kind of e format . There are no restrictions to lending the device with loaded content . Barnes & NobleMay 26, 2010 (email) “We understand that you wish to know if we can provide the textbook Interpreting the Medical Literature, 5thed . in electronic format for distribution on the nook . Unfortunately, we do not currently have any information regarding releasing eTexts for use on the nook and the associated costs and procedures ” Sonys, Nooks, and Kindles Oh My!: Reflecting on the Use of E readers for Providing Library ServicesAuthors: Clifford Richmond, MS, Network Administrator, University of Florida, Health Science Center Libraries; Kathryn Summey, MLIS, Pub lic Services Librarian, Borland Health Sciences Library; ‘Nita Ferree, MALIS, Assistant University Librarian , Health Science Center Libraries; Ellie Bushhousen, MSLIS, Assistant University Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries ; Ezekiel McLeskey , System Administrator, University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries ABSTRACT Objectives:To communicate the efforts, considerations and experiences of a health science library’s investigation into providing a required text on three different e readers for students in an academic health center . UNIVERSITY ofFLORIDAThe Foundation for the Gator Nation Progress/Comments :Although the responses are encouraging, this project has brought to light significant concerns and questions about providing textbooks to students via an e reader device . Since the launch of this project, technological innovations have also occurred which question the definition of what an e reader device should encompass . Below are some of the areas the University of Florida will be exploring in the future : The legal complications of lending a Kindle with digital content, which violates Amazon’s Kindle User Agreement . Cooperation of publishers to provide needed textbooks . The impact of the settlement between the National Federation of the Blind and Arizona State University, which stopped the use of the Kindle DX until it is made better accessible to sight challenged students . The lack of color images in any of the devices, which would severely limit the usability of the reader for many healthrelated textbooks . The emergence of the (color) iPad and Apple’s entrance into the e book market, subsequent to the launch of this project . The absence of standards amongst publishers in regards to navigational abilities within an e text . Setting & Participants:The Health Science Center Libraries at the University of Florida is a large, academic health center library that serves six health science colleges . For the purpose of this study, we chose to consider the use of a textbook required in the second year of the College of Medicine’s School of Physician Assistant Studies as a hypothetical test case . Although devices such as Pocket PCs, PSPs and even calculators have the ability to display text or PDF formats, the devices chosen for participation in this study were those marketed with the specific or primary function of an e reader . MethodologyThe team began the project by selecting three of the most popular e reader devices available at the initiation of the project : the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Digital Reader . Each team member worked with one e reader model in order to become familiar with its basic use and features . A comparison chart detailing the features of each e reader was developed in order to make a general assessment of the devices’ suitability for our proposed library application . A form letter was then sent to the three developers, requesting that the companies provide the specific procedures and stipulations required in order to provide the textbook Interpreting the Medical Literature, 5thed by Stephen H . Gehlbach to University of Florida students . The resultant feed back from each developer appears below :