Did you know that Ebooks now account for 10% of book sales? Do you know the difference between a “traditional Ebook reader ” and an “enhanced Ebook reader”? A traditional Ebook reader, such as a Kindle, provides just the words, whereas an “enhanced Ebook reader” provides the user with color pictures and even video! This is a great improvement to support children’s picture books. Traditional book sellers are joining in the Ebook fray, with the larger book retailers getting more into selling the various devices along with the Ebook content. You can support your small local book store owner by purchasing Ebooks from their store websites.
Exciting news!! You can access your local library Ebooks downloaded to your iPad or iPhone with no sync or wires required. There is a FREE new app available from Bluefire Productions called Bluefire. This app works well with Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions, which are the programs currently used by Noel Wien Public Library to deliver their Ebook collection from Listen Alaska Plus (available from the Noel Wien Public Library homepage by clicking the Digital Download Center button on the left hand menu). More information on how to get this app working for you is available in Library Journal Vol. 135 no.20 December 2010 p.29. Library Journal is available from Library Media Services.
I followed the brief directions in the article noted above and downloaded two library books to my iphone, just like magic. Minutes later, I showed a collegue and wow, with nary a stutter we downloaded two more. Try it.