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Q: What are eReaders anyway?

A: "An e-reader (electronic reader) is a device for reading content, such as e-books, newspapers and documents. A standalone e-reader typically has wireless connectivity for downloading content and conducting other Web-based tasks. Popular dedicated e-readers include Amazon's Kindle and Sony Reader." http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/e-reader.html (accessed 29 January 2012)

Mobile devices that can display text, such as smart phones and PDAs can also function as eReaders.

Q: What are eBooks?

A: "An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader."
http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/definition/eBook (accessed 29 January 2012)

Q: And, what is econtent?

A: Electronic or digital content. The businesses of digital publishing, media and marketing are fast-changing markets, powered by tools, strategies and thought leaders in the digital content ecosystem.

Q: What is the Randall Library eReader pilot?

A: Randall Library has purchased 6 Barnes and Noble Color Nooks, 12 Amazon Kindles, and 6 Sony eReaders to be circulated from the Circulation Desk. Staff will gather data (circulation statistics and voluntary, anonymous feedback) to determine which digital content best meets the needs of our patrons, as well as the best methods for delivering that content. No personal information will be collected.

Q: Why is Randall Library getting into the eReader circulation business ?

A: Randall Library supports the mission of the University by providing information resources and learner-centered services and by cultivating a rich physical and virtual environment dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and an information-literate community. http://library.uncw.edu/facts_planning/mission (accessed 29 January 2012)

In support of this mission, Library staff keep up with the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from the printed page to networked screens. Keeping up with these developments requires investing in and providing access to, not only electronic content, but also supporting technology, such as eReaders.

Q: Are there other campus eReader pilots underway or planned?

A: As of this writing, there are no other UNCW eReader pilots either underway or planned. However, there are several key stakeholders with different but equally vested interest in eReader development. These include Academic Affairs, given broad interest in tools for learning, and Business Affairs, given the viral eTextbook explosion and corresponding meteoric growth in recent years in eTextbook demand by our students - - patterns which are repeated on college and university campuses across the country. Opportunities for synergy and partnership abound.

Q: Who can borrow the eReaders?

A: The eReaders can be checked out to currently enrolled UNCW students, faculty, and staff.

Q: How long can an eReader be checked out?

A: Checkout Period is 2 weeks (14 days) with no renewals and no holds. Vist our eReader Use policy for more information.

Q: What books are on the eReaders?

A: Each eReader is preloaded with a small number of titles. View the titles currently loaded on the Nook.

Q: Can I access or download other books with the eReaders?

A: Randall Library has access to the EbscoHost eBook collection. In addition to the books that are preloaded onto the Nooks, Ebsco eBooks can be “checked out,” downloaded to your computer, and easily transferred to a Nook using Adobe Digital Editions. Click here to view a tutorial on downloading eBooks.

It’s also possible to download free books from a variety of other sources. Some of these titles are in the Public Domain because the copyright protections designated by U.S. copyright law have expired. Others are freely available because the copyright holder has given permission for them to be reproduced. Downloading procedures for these titles may vary, depending upon the hosting platform.
Here are some sources for free eBook downloads:

At this time, Randall Library does not provide direct access to titles for Kindles, other than those that are preloaded on the device. This is due to licensing and compatibility issues with Kindle books. However, some of the sites listed here do provide free titles formatted for Kindles.

Q: Does Randall Library provide access to eBooks for my own personal eReader?

A: If you are a currently registered UNCW student, faculty, or staff, you can access our EbscoHost eBook collection. Ebsco eBooks can be “checked out,” downloaded to your computer, and easily transferred to a Nook using Adobe Digital Editions. Click here to view a tutorial on downloading eBooks. At this time, Randall Library does not provide access to titles for Kindles. This is due to licensing and compatibility issues with Kindle books.

Q: When and how will Randall Library measure the success of the pilot?

A : Randall Library will be collecting anonymous quantitative data, such as circulation statistics, as well as qualitative data, such as survey feedback from our patrons. Measures of success will include the patron’s user experience, internal management of cataloging and circulation of eReaders and digital content, and cost effectiveness of the pilot program. Assessment will be ongoing and success will be gauged by Randall Library’s Emerging Technologies Committee in conjunction with Randall Library’s University Librarian’s Advisory Group.

Q: Will Randall Library be getting more eReaders?

A: You tell us. We will be gathering data through our pilot program, and a big part of that will be feedback from you. If you check out a eReader, please take our brief survey and tell us what you think.

Q: I just got a new eReader. Will Randall Library accept my old eReader to add to its pilot?

A : If the eReader is in good working condition, Randall Library will be happy to accept donations of eReaders.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?

A: If you have any questions about eReaders in Randall Library, please contact Library faculty member John Osinski at osinskij [at] uncw.edu (subject: eReaders) .

Q: Where can I learn more about the evolving world of eBooks and eReaders?

A: A good place to start for current and comprehensive information is http://www.ipl.org/div/ereader/ (accessed 29 January 2012). Information is provided by ipl2, a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.

Information on the site includes reviews and comparisons of eReader models; information about eReader software applications; information about digital rights management and eBook formats; and links to blogs and news.