Amazon.com’s announcement in July 2010 that eBooks out sold print books for the previous three months indicates that eBooks are here to stay. What effect will this have on teaching and learning? Will ease of access and portability facilitate cheating and plagiarism? How will eBooks and eReaders work in an urban academic environment? Are eReaders and eBooks the new digital divide?
Faculty from the Leonard Lief Library at Lehman College will share their experience with Sony eReaders and downloadable eBooks via OverDrive. Following this presentation there will be a guided discussion on eReader and eBook issues, such as:
- How do we loan and secure devices?
- Which eBook formats is better? Proprietary (Kindle) or open source (epub)?
- What is the best way to access content: online only (Ebrary) or downloadable (OverDrive)?
- Should libraries buy eReaders? And if so, which ones?
- Selection of eBook providers, who will still exist in the future?
- How is ownership and copyright (Digital Rights Management) managed?
- Are eReaders ADA compliant?