What ebook reader should I lend from my small school library?
October 24, 2010 10:42 PM Subscribe
I run an elementary school library in an economically diverse urban neighborhood. I want to buy a couple ebook readers so that my kids can see what using them is like (and so I can learn about the issues around lending and using these devices.) Various questions inside.
posted by carterk to technology (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First, the whole idea has serious flaws. I can certainly afford a couple $150 readers, but if I then spend, say, $100 on 5 books for each device, I'm getting terrible bang for my buck since only 2 kids can be reading any of those 10 books at a time. Plus, as I understand it, I can't simply build a collection of ebooks and load them as needed on different readers because they're tied to the reader they're purchased with.
So, I thought I had a great idea when I found the Nook can load ePub files downloaded for free from the public library. I could buy and lend the devices and not bother with buying any titles– just help students to download the titles they want from the Seattle Public Library system, which reportedly has a great collection. Problem is: they seem to have few kids' titles.
I'm looking for advice for how to proceed with a small trial. Just to be clear: I'm only interested in lending my own devices with books preloaded, my kids won't have Kindles (etc.) of their own. My kids will not be interested in free titles from Gutenberg, they'll want to read the newest Rick Riordan and F.E. Higgins. I need a system that requires minimal time for setup (no complicated format conversions). Thanks!