The holidays are here and our librarian staff has been innundated over the past few weeks with questions regarding which e-reader is the best one purchase. Since none of us on the staff actually own an e-reader , the decision was made by our director to purchase several different devices currently on the market and then have our staff become familiar them so we would be able to carry on an informed discussion with our patrons. While we would never recommend a particular brand, at least we can talk about issues such as the number of text sizes and the placement of navigation tools as they vary from one device to the next.
Right now I’m reading a book on the Nook and having a great time doing so. I had some initial problems trying to locate the “preferences” link so I could change the font face and size. In fact, I had to resort to reading the User Guide online at Barnes & Noble before I finally located it! I do like turning the pages by pressing the arrows located on each side of the screen. This was much more convenient than having to move my fingers down to a single button at the bottom of the Border’s Kobo e-reader. Yet I did like the feel of the quilted back and easy menu on the Kobo.
Of the three e-readers I’ve worked with so far – the newest Amazon Kindle, the Kobo and the Nook, the Nook is the largest and weighs the most, which isn’t a drawback for me but might be for others. I love the weight and feel of the Kindle, but I’m unable to use it to download our OverDrive library books. I’m still waiting to try the Sony e-reader which has gotten high praise from the librarian currently using it. It looks promising, but I am happy getting to know the Nook at the moment.
We are so fortunate to be able to have such an assortment of e-readers for our staff to use and then demonstrate to our patrons. I anticipate that in January we’ll have even more questions regarding how to use these devices from folks who received them as presents. I’m planning an informational program after the first of the year with lots of “show & tell” and step-by-step instructions on how to download the digital books made available through the Library. I may not be an expert in all e-readers by that time, but thanks to our Director, I’ll know enough to carry on an intelligent conversation regarding their basic operation and features.