Update #2: eBook Challenge

June 5, 2012

Another quick update of my personal challenge to read books using the eBook format instead of the print format. Here’s the original challenge and the first update. I’ve read 57 books this year.

14 ebooks
13 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
30 print books

You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.

I’ve observed something interesting while reading using my Kindle in public. Instead of being asked if I like the book I’m reading or what the book is about (like when I’m reading in print), I get asked about the act of using my Kindle.

Do you like reading on that? What is it? Does it have games? Don’t you miss reading paper books? Which eReader should I get?

I am never asked about what I’m reading while I’m reading using my Kindle. I miss having those sorts of conversations, but I think we lose the conversation-starter of the cover of a book when we use eReaders. I know some people don’t like to talk about what they’re reading, but I love to! I’m not sure how we’ll move that conversation to eReaders because we live in such a visually-focused society.

In another attempt to be eReader-friendly at the library, I’ve eliminated the Summer Reading Program requirement to mark your minutes on a bookmark. We are using a different reading record instead. My hopes are that we’ll not only save paper at the library, but we aren’t limiting our readers by format by giving them a bookmark. We encourage them to read/listen to audiobooks, use their eReaders and also pick up newspapers and magazines.


Update #1: eBook Challenge

April 11, 2012

As promised, here’s a quick update on my reading during the past 3 months. I’ve read 27 books so far this year:

6 ebooks
7 audiobooks (either on CD or downloaded from the eMedia collection)
14 print books

You can find a list of the titles of books I’ve read on my Goodreads profile.

I honestly cannot make any excuses for my reading of 14 print books  so far this year. When I work in a library packed with print books each and every day, it is difficult for me not to pick something up and bring it home. It seems natural. I love browsing and finding a treasure. Because I don’t have my face stuck to a computer screen all day, I don’t find myself browsing the e-Media catalog as often as I did when I was taking classes. With that being said, I searched for ALL (except for one) of the print book titles I’ve read in the e-Media catalog and didn’t find them.

Next week I’m going on vacation to Texas and I promised myself (and my husband) that I’d only bring my Kindle. I purchased 4 ebooks I need to read for the annual Battle of the Books competition for teens this summer. I also received a notice that The Help is FINALLY (honestly I’ve been on hold since December 2011) available for me through the e-Media catalog.

I’ll have plenty to keep me eBusy next week!

An eBook Challenge

January 3, 2012

Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the library was full of people who received ereaders as gifts. We have gladly helped each and every patron and provided service in whatever way we can. In some ways, though, it is difficult because we (librarians) are learning about ebooks right along with the patrons. During the past week, I started thinking about my use of ebooks and my personal Kindle Touch and NOOK Color. Yes. I had 2 ereaders until I gave my younger brother my NOOK Color for Christmas. 

I’m more likely to check out a traditional print book than go onto my account and check out an ebook. I think this is because I spend the day being surrounded by print books in the physical library. So I’ve created a challenge for myself.

  • Every novel I purchase for myself this year will be an ebook.
  • When borrowing a book from the library, I will borrow the ebook if it is available (even if that means I have to put it on hold and wait for it). If no ebook is available for the title I want to read, I will check out the print copy.

That’s it. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? We’ll see! Look for an update in a few months.

A librarian’s answer: Which ereader should I buy? #libday7

July 28, 2011

Yesterday I spent a good portion of my day talking to several people about ereaders and ebooks. I had people call the library to ask, text message me, catch me in the library and also outside of the library. Ereaders are a hot topic in Winnebago!

The biggest question: Which ereader should I buy?

My answer: I’m a librarian. I can’t tell you which one to buy, but I can tell you what I know about different ereaders, and then I can answer your questions by finding out more information. And I’m ever-so-excited to hear your interest in ebooks at the library!

And here’s what I told them: It really depends on how you’re going to use it. If you already buy books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you might want their ereaders. If you want to check out books from the library, you’d love the iPad’s Overdrive for Libraries app which allows you to download ebooks from the library wirelessly. If you are concerned about tired eyes, dry eyes, glare, etc. from reading off of a screen, you might want to look at e-ink technology and the e-ink-friendly-ereaders (Kindle, NOOK original and new, some knockoffs).

I have an Apple iPod touch and have downloaded the NOOK and Kindle apps to my device to just try them out. I received emails from both Barnes and Noble and Amazon yesterday that said Apple had removed the ability to purchase books from the apps. While I think this is absolutely absurd and somewhat misleading on Apple’s part, I also understand why they made this decision. They want to make money.

Just like the NOOK and Kindle will never have “check out from a library” options because the companies want you to buy their books, Apple wants you to buy ebooks from their store – iBooks.

What it comes down is money. Apple, Amazon and Barnes and Noble want to make money. While I can’t tell my patrons which company to give their money to, I can tell them how much I value something I’ll USE rather than something that’s COOL. That’s why it’s important to be informed about the different options of ereaders – and that’s what I’m going to advocate for at the library.

Of course, if a patron asks me which ereader I would buy, I’d gladly tell them I want the new NOOK and then explain my reasoning:
(1) e-ink technology
(2) battery life
(3) I was able to try it out at the store
(4) library-lending-friendly (as much as it can be)
(5) touchscreen!! (albeit a bit slower reactions than my brain is used to…)

I honestly believe there’s nothing wrong with sharing my opinion, but I do want to give the patron the opportunity to get as much unbiased information from me as they can before my gadget-envy-techno-lust-librarian-side shows too strongly.


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