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Emerging Technologies :
Deakin’s experience with
mobile devices
Rebecca Carruthers
Kindle Pilot
Available at all Campuses
•6 at Melbourne
•5 at Geelong
•2 at Waterfront
•2 at Warrnambool
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• Each kit
contains:
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Kindle
List of titles
FAQ sheet
Amazon’s terms
and conditions
• Bag
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All devices have:
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3 non-fiction titles
3 fiction titles
Kindle user’s guide
Dictionary
Deakin guide to assignment writing and referencing
Each kindle is unique!
Subject guide: http://deakin.libguides.com/content.php?pid=51210&sid=1025688
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What does a kindle look like on the catalogue:
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What have we learnt so far?
• Demand for textbooks in �e’ format
• Loan period – 2 weeks – more or less correct
• Kindle itself - varied response
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Not back lit – good and bad
Not colour
Not touch screen
No access to the internet
Other devices currently on trial:
iRex iLiad
ECO reader
Ebook readers
Other devices currently on trial:
Touch screen
Kobo reader
Sony reader
Ebook readers
Other devices currently on trial:
Handii tablet
PC
Tablet PCs
iPad
Also looking at apps on:
• iPhone
• iPod touch
Interesting devices
Ereaders
• Spring design’s Alex
Tablets
• Toshiba’s Libretto
– Window’s 7 based Operating system
• The Kno
– Web based linux Operating system
– http://vimeo.com/12223465
Current limitations of e-readers
• Content
– Limited availability of electronic textbooks
– No downloads from ebook platforms to portable
devices
• Purchasing restrictions
– Kindle with Amazon
– Kobo with Borders
Future device must haves:
• Not locked down to a single ebook source eg. Amazon
• Ability to handle all available ebook formats eg. ePub,
PDF, etc
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Multi-function
Run multiple programs at once
Colour and touch screen
Long battery life
Light weight
Rebecca Carruthers
Collections Specialist
Ph: 5227 8232
Email: rebecca.carruthers@deakin.edu.au
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