Chapter 14: E-Books KD Jones

def: a digitized version of a book, meant to be read on a computer, e-reader, or smartphone

iBooks Library on an iPad

Project Gutenberg

-began by Michael Hart in 1971 in an attempt to catalog all human knowledge

"Unlike computers, many of which are stationary or heavy to carry, and some books, which can be bulky and heavy, e-readers can hold libraries of thousands of books and only weigh half a pound (Miller, 2016)."

E-Readers allow users to download new content anytime and anywhere.

Sony Data Discman

  • First portable e-reader, introduced in the early 1990s
  • Similar to a portable gaming system--accessed information from mini CDs and displayed the information on a screen (think Game Boy)


  • "electronic ink"
  • So paper-like, it can fool the reader's eye
  • First e-reader to use this was the 2006 Sony Reader
Similar to reading a paper book, because it is not backlit


  • In 2007, introduced the first Kindle Reader
  • More successful than Sony's, because their audience had already been reading their books online
  • Hardware vs. Software
  • Had a Kindle-only format (.AZW)


Released in 2009 by Barnes and Noble, with Nook-only format


  • The release of the iPad in 2010 changed the e-reader market
  • Though it is not e-ink, it improved the e-reader with increased functionality
  • Basically a computer and reads Kindle, Nook, and Apple books
  • To keep up, Amazon released the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble created the Nook Tablet

Recent Developments

  • E-book sales are increasing, while e-reader sales are decreasing
  • E-readers are struggling to stay relevant
  • Lack of innovation gives consumers no reason to upgrade
  • Barnes & Noble likely will discontinue Nook production, and Amazon focusing on Kindle Fire

Smart Phones

"The ownership of smartphones far outpaces that of e-readers and tablets, and has created a larger potential audience for e-books (Miller, 2016)."
  • Apps becoming more relevant, allowing users to make various content readable on their phones

E-Books in the Classroom

  • Online resources are becoming more necessary in classrooms
  • Both students and professors are weary of electronic textbooks

What do you think?

The most romantic gesture of all time.


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