Connecticut Library Resources - eBooks

This page focuses eBooks and eBook readers in libraries. Choose a topic to explore, or just scroll down to browse. Have resources to recommend? Email them to csarrazin@ctlibrarians.org.

 

Overviews

  • eContent (PLA)
    By Richard M. Boss. Thorough review of all types of eContent in libraries, including eBooks, eBook readers, and eJournals. Includes history, major vendors, issues.
  • Mobile Devices page (Webjunction)
    Collaborative documents and discussions relating to all mobile devices in libraries, but primarily ebook readers. From the overview: "As usage of mobile devices and other gadgets become more commonplace, libraries are faced with new challenges and opportunities in serving our patrons both in how they use their own gadgets or as we lend both the devices as well as content.
  • Library Journal eBook Summit
    On September 29, 2010, the ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point live virtual event brought over 2,500 public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries (K-12), vendors, thought leaders, and publishers together in a day-long virtual conference environment to discuss the evolving concept of the book in a digital world.
  • Getting Started with ebooks: A Beginner's Guide
    This flowchart connects devices, software/apps, ebook formats, where to purchase, and where to get help into one big beautiful screen.

 

Comparisons & Reviews

  • Comparison of Popular eReaders PDF icon
    Nancy Shuster, Coordinator, ACES Assistive Technology Services
  • eBook File Compatibility Chart (About.com)
    This chart tells you at-a-glance which eBook file extensions (eg. epub, pdf, txt, azw) are compatible with various readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader ...). Updated periodically.
  • eBook Readers (cNet)
    If you just want to compare how eBook readers stack up against each other, you can trust cNet's reviews.
  • Device Resource Center - Compatible eBook Devices (Overdrive)
    Bearing in mind that this page is from Overdrive, it is a helpful - and current - comparison of various devices and what file formats work on each.
  • Among E-Readers, Competition Heats Up (New York Times, 6.9.2010)
     

 

Content

LIBRARY-ORIENTED VENDORS - These vendors have connections specifically to the library market.

  • eBook Library
    EBL provides ebooks to academic and research, government and corporate libraries. EBL partners include Yankee Book Peddlar, a division of Baker & Taylor. PDF format.
  • eBrary
    eBrary provides digital content for all library markets - academic, public, school and special. Special features include the ability to upload your own PDF content (DASH!) and Patron-Driven Acquisition. eBrary content is designed to be viewed on a computer, not on a handheld device.
  • Netlibrary
    Originally owned by OCLC, Netlibrary was acquired by EBSCO in 2010. As of late 2010 Netlibrary offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for nook, Sony Digital Readers and COOL-ER. With some effort, you can also view NetLibrary eBooks on the iPad. PDF icon PDF format.
  • Overdrive
    Overdrive offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for most devices. This introductory page demonstrates that Overdrive is reaching out to all library markets - public, academic, school and special. ePub and PDF format.

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER VENDORS

Popular eBook content is also available from major booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders; digital-only sellers such as Kobo and Google; and from entertainment companies including Apple and Sony.

FREE EBOOKS

Free material is available via myriad online sources, including Project Gutenberg; see this article from Darien Library or iCONN's Free eBook Page for suggestions.

 

Devices

  • Cruz
    Offerings include a color Reader and two tablets, all running on Android. Cruz is affiliated with Borders (Reader and Tablet 103) and Amazon (Tablet 301).
  • iPad (Apple)
    Available in a variety of configurations, with and without 3G.
  • Kindle (Amazon)
    Available in Wi-Fi, 3G + Wi-Fi, and DX
  • Kobo eReader
  • Libre (Aluratek)
    Available in a variety of configurations, including one full-color model.
  • nook (Barnes & Noble)
    Offerings include the original nook, and the new nook color.
  • Sony Reader
    Available in "Pocket," "Touch," and "Daily" editions. Sony advertises the ability to download eBooks from your local library, apparently in partnership with Overdrive.

 

Other Vendors

  • Blio
    Blio isn't a device; it's a platform available for download on Windows devices (iPad, iPhone and Android supposedly coming soon). A project of Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation for the Blind, Blio "displays books in full color, with fonts, pictures, and layout as the publisher intended." It also includes a read-aloud feature. Blio also offers its own eBook store in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

 

eBooks in Connecticut Libraries

Lending Policies for eBook Readers

Overdrive Catalogs
NetLibrary Catalogs
More Content
Devices
  • Darien Library - eReaders
    Darien offers several Kindles and a nook for patron checkout. Patrons can choose from the library's selection of titles or request additional titles; Darien will download 1 new title per checkout for free.
  • UConn Homer Babbidge Library Equipment Loans
    UConn Storrs offers a variety of equipment for loan, including Kindles. 

 

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