eReader Program Quiz by pengtt


									Is Your Library Ready for an eReaders Lending Program?
Test your eReader readiness!

1. Are you already offering eBooks through Overdrive or another source?
    a. No
    b. They’re on our website but we aren’t comfortable using them ourselves
    c. Yes; some of our staff and several patrons are downloading ebooks from

2. Is your Staff Tech-savvy and enthusiastic?
     a. We all feel like Luddites 
     b. We have one gal who’s pretty savvy…
     c. We’re a lively group willing to try anything once!

3. Is your community interested?
     a. Our patrons aren’t interested in expensive new formats
     b. We’ve had one or two questions about eReaders
     c. Our patrons are asking for eReaders by brand name!

4. Can you spare a PC or Laptop to create a download station?
    a. Not right now
    b. With a grant, maybe
    c. Yes

5. Do you have the funds to purchase approximately 5 eReaders?
     a. Unfortunately we don’t have the budget this year
     b. With a grant, maybe
     c. Yes, we could find $700 - $1,000 dollars
If you scored mostly:

A’s: Why not start by purchasing at least one eReader for your library so that
staff can play with it and learn, and patrons can try it in the library.

B’s: Encourage your staff to start familiarizing themselves with eBooks and
eReaders in general. Purchase a Kindle and a Sony or Kobo eReader, for eg.,
and encourage your staff to use and borrow them. Identify the person on staff
most likely to become an expert user (or at least a point person), and who
could then offer information sessions to staff and patrons.

C’s: It’s time to take the plunge and implement an eReader lending pilot
project! Once you decide on budget, choose which eReader you are going to
lend. Factors that will inform this decision include price, and whether you
prefer to purchase and pre-load titles onto them (necessary with Kindles), rely
on the selection of copyright-free classics that come loaded onto the device
(Kobos), or let patrons download their own content from Overdrive or free
ebook sites on the web (Sony or Kobo). You’re ready for it!
eReader Lending Program Checklist

   □ Define your goal; get your Library Board interested
   □ Define the scope of your project, including budget considerations
   □ Choose which type of eReader(s) you are going to purchase
   □ Decide how many eReaders you can afford to purchase & handle
   □ Make choices around content
         o Patrons allowed to download Overdrive books or other free ebooks
         o Purchase titles and pre-load them onto device
         o Will each device have the same content or will it differ
   □ Work with your IT Dept. (if you have one) regarding putting ebook
      software on staff and/or public computers
   □ Consider dedicating a computer for downloading ebook content

   □ Includes decisions around what goes into the catalogue records

   □ Security
   □ Covers
   □ Cords
   □ Create a brief user survey to include
   □ Which Manuals to include
   □ Extras such as Library produced cheat sheets

   □ Location, where patrons should return devices, which department will
       be responsible for checking over and re-charging
   □ Loan period; renewals
   □ Replacement costs
   □ Will you require special agreements; deposits; parents signing for Youth

   □ Staff
   □ Patron

Publicity and Communication
   □ Library Board
   □ Press Releases
   □ Website
Device Comparison

Amazon Kindle:
    Pros: Light-weight; durable; great for travelling
          8 sizes of text; E-Ink, easy on the eyes
          Text to speech is available for some titles
          Comes with an internal dictionary & highlighting
          No downloading of software required
          One account can be linked to 6 devices

       Cons: Titles can only be purchased from
             Cannot be used to download Library eBooks such as Overdrive

Kobo Reader
    Pros: Relatively inexpensive
          Light-weight; 5 font sizes
          E-Ink, easy on the eyes
          Compatible with library eBooks such as Overdrive
          Comes pre-loaded with 100 classics
          Wireless downloading for purchasing Kobo eBooks

       Cons: Limited features & software, not as robust as the Kindle & Sony
             Kobo has indicated they do not want Libraries lending their
             devices with anything other than the free classics that come with
             the devices

Sony Reader
     Pros: Touch Screen
           Internal Dictionary
           Ability to make notes & highlights
           Light-weight; 6 text sizes
           E-Ink is easy on the eyes
           Compatible with library eBooks such as Overdrive

       Cons: More expensive than Kindles and Kobos at the moment

       Pros: Multi-purpose; large screen size with adjustable brightness
             Overdrive App makes downloading library ebooks easy
             Apps for most eBook stores are also available

       Cons: Expensive!
             Backlit LCD Screen
Resource List

   □ State Librarians’ Report Suggests ways to Advance eBook Services:
   □ Kindles, iPads, and Other eBook Readers Available for Loan from
       Public and Academic Libraries:
   □   One in Ten Americans Use an eReader; One in Ten Likely To Get
       One in Next Six Months:
   □   20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks:
   □   Kindle, Nook, and the iPad: What Everyone Should Know about
       eReaders and eBooks:
   □   eBook Checkouts at Libraries Up 200 Percent in 2010:
   □   Library e-book lending works for all, DBW told:
   □   COSLA: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries:

West Vancouver Memorial Library eBook Wiki:
Sarah’s eBook Links on Delicious:

Sites to Follow:
Good eReader Blog:

Contact: or 1-604-925-7405
PowerPoint Slides:
WVML Pilot Project Outline:

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