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Welcome to the first part of the eReader Learning Road Map.

By the end of this post you will be able to:

  • Identify  basics of formats such as ePub, MP3, PDF, HTML
  • Explain Digital Rights Management or DRM to customers
  • Describe eInk and Backlit devices to customers

Let’s start with some of the basics of eReader Technology.  Go to the eReader Glossary and review  common terms associated with eReaders and digital content.  A good term to start with is eBook formats. You’ll also want to know about these:

  • .ePub
  • .MP3
  • .PDF
  • backlit display
  • DRM (Digital Rights Management)
  • eInk

Knowing the format tells you what software you’ll need to use that format.  Maria demonstrates how you’ll apply this information.

Want some additional information?

Our own Robin Nesbitt filmed this video to answer questions about DRM.

You might find the previous entry from Robin when she spoke with Gerald about CML’s History with Digital Content.

Keith talked to us about eInk and backlit displays in this blog post.

Tammy from the Help Desk provided an eReader Basic Steps document that gives steps so staff can help customers regardless of the device.  You might find it helpful to think of this in a sequential process that can be applied to most devices and to focus on the content of the eReader Learning Road Map, not a specific device.  Thanks Tammy!

Did you recognize any terms you’ve heard? Did you learn something new? Share it with a co-worker.

Want to know even more?  Up next is basic device information to help you know common devices and what is compatible with Overdrive.


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Quiz #1

Q: I think I know the basics about eReader technology and devices. What’s next?

A: Well done! Time to check your knowledge with Quiz #1.

This video shows you have to access Quiz #1

All Information staff members need to take the quiz. The goal is to pass at 80%. You must follow the instructions in the video to receive credit.

Have you share what you’ve learned with your co-workers?

Click here to continue to the next section and keep going when you are ready.

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Mr. George has been making his rounds sharing his “Welcome to OverDrive” presentation. He took time to meet with MariaOD and provide a voice-over to his presentation. This informative presentation will help you understand the basics of OverDrive and how it works for us. Each video is just 5 minutes long.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Thanks Mr. George!

Stay tuned for more information on working with eReaders!


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Digital content has been around us in many ways.

Project Gutenberg has been around since 1971.

The availability of affordable eReader devices is drawing more attention on digital content.  This article from USA Today says that the “Week after holidays, e-book sales outdo print.” Affordable eReaders made a significant impact.

The Kindle has been around since November 2007.  Robin uses her Kindle to read periodicals without having all that paper around. It could be a greener option.

Stanza App give access to Project Gutenberg materials. Content from Project Gutenberg has been reformatted and is available through OverDrive. You can find a lot of free content for eReaders. These are items in the public domain.

Here’s some additional information on the Kindle history from Wikipedia if you’re interested.

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More customers are asking about information about eReaders. Start with a basic reference interview. “Tell me what you’re looking for”

A great resource is the Product Comparison Chart available on columbuslibrary.org/ereaders.

eInk technology doesn’t tend to strain eyes but requires a light to see the content in the dark. Color eReaders are great for picture books. Keith talked about these technologies in this blog post.

Nancy suggests looking at Premium Resources. Vendor websites also provide information to help customers make an informed decision. Many of these sites include video demonstrations of their products.

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How does the Library go about adding digital content to the Library?

We’re part of the Central Ohio Library Consortium.

Fiction, non-fiction and audio books are part of the digital content for the Library.  Digital content helps to meet customer demands by getting popular materials. We use OverDrive to provide our digital content.

Additional information about the audio books will be shared after the details are worked out.

Heidi’s recommendation is to push buttons and don’t expect to get it right the first time. Go practice with the DigitalDownloads.

New and exciting things coming for 2011…comic books. graphic novels, music.

Staff and keep up with the Technical Services Blog available on CMLsi (the staff intranet).

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LibraryJoy gets put on the spot and is asked to talk about a device she hasn’t seen before.
It’s the Amazon Kindle 3rd generation with Wifi and 3G.

Navigation of a new device can be a bit challenging, especially when someone is watching us. LibraryJoy had a good time exploring the device.

The Amazon Kindle uses the E Ink technology. Keith talked about eInk with Cathy on this blog post.

gerald2.0 was able find out how to enlarge the font.

Additional information about the Amazon Kindle can be found on columbuslibrary.org/ereaders/device/amazon-kindle. There are a lot of great resources available for staff and customers on our website.

Here’s another video introduction to the Kindle.

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