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Old 04-22-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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HELP - 30 minute presentation to 16 year olds on ebooks

Hi all,

I am going to be presenting to a large group of 16 year olds on "Ereaders & Ebooks" as part of may daughters schools "book day". None of them will have seen one before or probably even heard of them as I live in ruralish Spain.

Do you have any facts / figures / resources / links that you think might be helpful or that these youths needs to know?

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Old 04-22-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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hi, sounds like a great talk ! i don't know how scientific you want to make it, but there are some very good diagrams of how e-ink works which might be interesting to show them. you can find a lot searching on google :
http://images.google.com/images?rlz=...N&hl=en&tab=wi

here is one which can be found on the eink.com site http://www.eink.com/technology/howitworks.html



it is copyright by the eink company but i am sure they would allow you to use it for educational purposes (it's been used in many different websites already, as you can see in the google results).

another point to make is that ebooks allow easy access to books that might otherwise be hard to find, because they are out of print, but also because (particularly since you say you'll be speaking in ruralish spain, where presumably there are not a lot of big bookstores) you don't need to depend on the stock of paper books which is available in a local bookshop or library, which is often limited even in big cities. this is an amazing ressource to preserve culture and also to discover new authors they might otherwise not be exposed to.

and, you could point out that any of the budding writers in the group (there are always some, at that age, right ?) could easily publish some of their own writing as ebooks and potentially be read by people all over the world. i would talk about feedbooks.com, which has a spanish language section ; they can find books to read there (for free !), and they could also publish their own works.

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Old 04-22-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
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Perhaps another point that might interest them is how many books can be carried by such a lightweight gadget.
When I was a student, lugging text books about was a major chore.

Also, they provide a good means of reading for many disabled people - with eyesight or dexterity impairment for example. (Fonts can be made bigger for easier reading, page turning is just a button press.)

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Old 04-22-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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Have you checked the MobileRead Wiki for info on eBooks?
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:40 AM   #5
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I'm guessing many of them have mobile phones which could be used for reading ebooks, so they might be interested in information about how to find and download free books for their phones. Sorry, I have a basic, cheap phone so don't have any specific links to help with that.

http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Mobile_devices

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Old 04-23-2009, 06:14 AM   #6
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I'm guessing many of them have mobile phones which could be used for reading ebooks, so they might be interested in information about how to find and download free books for their phones. Sorry, I have a basic, cheap phone so don't have any specific links to help with that.

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that is a good idea curly. i know that on some phones you can install mobipocket reader, although i don't know how. also, there is a site called booksinmyphone which has individual books wrapped in java apps which can be used on most telephones (i have some on mine). they are free, so it's all public domain stuff (and some creative commons licences), and i believe they have only english language books, but it could be an interesting ressource anyway.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:28 AM   #7
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Thanks Zelda, Curly, Rebarnmom & Sparrow for the ideas

Any more ideas for presenting ebooks & ereader to literature hungry kids?

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:10 PM   #8
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The thread on the Paris meet-up has a picture of quite a few different ebook readers all together. The fourth picture might be worth printing out, to show the kids.
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Thanks badgoodDeb for the link!
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Along the phones idea - using things like the iPod Touch, the PSP and the Nintendo DS as readers?
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Thanks to all for the ideas...

Attached is what I will present!

I have not asked for permission for any of the images so I guess this thread may get pulled pretty quickly!

So thanks for:
Ideas
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Sorry for "stealing" images in the name of educating on ebooks / ereaders :-(

I'll let you know what they think tomorrow but it is now 3am and time for bed!

It doesn't cover everything but I am to give them an overview only!

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AndiR -- I'm impressed! This is a very nice presentation and your PDF will be a nice take-home for the students.
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Fabulous presentation! Let us know how you get on.
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:34 AM   #15
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really nice presentation AndiR ! i think the students will get a good understanding of ebooks and you make some very good and interesting points. thank you for showing us your pdf ! perhaps it can help someone else who might make a presentation like this in the future. good luck with it ! please tell us how it goes.
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