Compares types of e-books, e-textbooks, and e-reader devices, including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Reading Apps, addressing questions of intended use and accessibility. Arms you with the information needed to make an informed choice on e-books and the best way to read them.
This session introduces the various types of e-books and e-reader devices currently available, along with questions to consider before purchasing a book or a device. It focuses on choosing the best device depending on its intended use, the type of books you need to read, and accessibility needs. Suitable for both technology users and service providers.
Dealing specifically with e-textbooks for higher education, the session provides a comparison of textbook publishers’ accessibility and the accessibility of various e-textbook apps.
The session also considers mainstream fiction and nonfiction e-books. It provides comparisons of e-reader and tablet devices including Kindle, Nook, and Kobo, and considers the accessibility of various Reading Apps for PC, Mac, and Mobile Devices. It highlights the questions you should ask before committing to a specific type of device, and compares the accessibility features of devices.
1. Learn the major differences between e-textbooks and mainstream e-books, and between e-readers and tablets.
2. Learn how to choose the most appropriate types of e-books and devices based on needs.
3. Compare the accessibility features of e-textbook publishers, e-readers, tablets, and e-reader apps.
Allison is the AT-IT Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University. She provides IT support for AT, as well as training faculty and staff in electronic accessibility. She is working to enhance awareness of accessibility and to foster a proactive approach to the problems caused by inaccessible materials.