E-reader Users Group Meeting
Last night we had our first e-reader users group meeting at the Library. I had no idea what to expect as far as numbers or interests. I was delighted to have a dozen eager participants attend this session. We had a good mix of individuals who already owned e-readers and those who were considering a purchase. Devices already owed included several Nooks, two different models of Kindles, an iPad2 as well as the original version, and an iPhone.
Over the course of the evening, I showed our members the new Nook Simple Touch. They all seemed to really like the size, feel and simplicity of use of this device. I introduced them to the new Advantage option from OverDrive and showed them how to login to see if our library had additional copies of popular books. Project Gutenberg was also a popular topic with our group and I was able to download a book linked in our online catalog and display it on our computer lab screen. I think being able to see the process from start to finish is a great learning tool for our patrons.
The meeting was supposed to last 90 minutes, but we went well past that limit. Since I knew the library was closing within ten minutes, I suggested that we meet again in the fall. That didn’t go over well – – they wanted to meet on a monthly basis, if not even more frequently!! Thus, we determined that I’d set a date in July and email them with particulars.
I’d have to say that our initial meeting was an overwhelming success. Our group is eager to learn and then share their experiences with the world of e-books. I see it only gaining popularity as word spreads.