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Page history last edited by Mark Rustad 9 years ago




1971-Michael Hart transcribes the Declaration of Independence into digital format and sends it across a computer network.

1971-Michael Hart founds Project Gutenberg

1998-Libraries begin lending eBooks

2002-Overdrive begins providing ebooks and other digital content for libraries

2004-Google announces its book digitization project

2006-Sony ereader released with e-ink

2007-Kindle released

2009-Nook released

2010-iPad released

2011, May-Amazon sells more ebooks than print books

2011-OverDrive and Amazon announce lending partnership


Major E-Reader formats

  •  Amazon (.azw)
    • Unique, it is being used to protect Amazon products
  • EPub (.epub)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • HTML (.html)
  • MobiPocket (.mobi)


All E-Reader Formats

.aeh .djvu .epub .fb2 .html .azw .lit .prc .mobi .exe .pdb .txt .pdf .ps .rgo .tr2 .tr3


Click here to compare e-book formats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats



  • Dedicated Readers
    • E-Ink technology
      • Kindle
      • Nook
      • Sony E-Reader
      • Kobo Readers
  • LCD Technology
    • Nook Color
  • Tablets
      • iPad


Click here to compare e-readers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_readers


Digital Libraries

  • Free options
    • Examples
      • Open Library
        • Contains some recent works
        • Downloads to various formats
      • Project Gutenberg
      • Hathi Trust
        • Collection of Colleges/universities
        • University of Michigan key partner
        • Works as subset of Google Books
    • Typically primarily public domain books
  • Other Options
    • Google Books
      • Uses libraries and publishers for content
  • Booksellers
  • DPLA
    • Digital Public Libraries of America
    • Attempting to create standards for digital libraries


Lending Methods

  • Overdrive
    • External platform
    • Most popular vendor
    • Library does not own the book 
  • Integrated with databases
    • EBSCO
      • Allows various methods of selecting
        •  Subject, collection, PDA,
      • Library owns the book
      • Allow various methods of purchase
        • Ownership (Limited, or unlimited users), Short term, PDA, subscription
    • ProQuest
      • Allow various methods of purchase
        • Subscription, ownership, short-term, PDA
  • New entries into the market
    • 3M (2011)


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