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The E-Reader Revolution: Over Just as It Has Begun?

 

The e-reader era just arrived, but now it may be ending.

Dedicated devices for reading e-books have been a hot category for the past half-dozen years, but the shrinking sizes and falling prices of full-featured tablet computers are raising questions about the fate of reading-only gadgets like Amazon.com Inc.’s original Kindle and Barnes & Noble Inc.’s first Nooks.

Market-researcher IDC recently estimated 2012 global e-reader

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There’s a new wave of tablets including this model from Toys R’ Us.

shipments at 19.9 million units, down 28% from 27.7 million units in 2011. By contrast, IDC’s 2012 tablet forecast is 122.3 million units.

Specialized devices for reading e-books have been hot sellers for five years – but one market-research company forecasts a significant decline in 2014. The WSJ’s Greg Bensinger explains why the introduction of lighter tablets may spell the end of the e-reader era.

IHS iSuppli comes up with different totals, but it sees a similar trend. It estimates that shipments of dedicated e-readers peaked in 2011 and predicts that 2012 shipments slid to 14.9 million units, down 36% from a year earlier. By 2015, it expects unit sales of dedicated e-readers to be just 7.8 million.

One problem is that some users who bought e-readers see no particular urgency to buy another. Julie Curtis, a substance-abuse counselor in Stow, Ohio, says she is devoted to her two-year-old Kindle. “It works fine, I really have no reason to get a new one,” she says. “If I did ever want to upgrade, it would probably be to a tablet, like the Kindle Fire,” she adds.

E-readers seemed revolutionary when they came into vogue in 2007. They allowed users to store and read hundreds of books on a device that was lighter than many hardcovers and took up much less space. In addition, digital books cost less to buy.

 

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What is the future for Sony’s eReader released in 2012?

In the intervening years, e-reader designs improved. The devices looked sleeker, they were easier to read, they weighed less, their pages turned faster, and they held more books. Wireless capability allowed users to download novels, magazines and newspapers wherever they were, whenever they wanted, and now the devices allow for reading in the dark.

From humble beginnings to a bookselling behemoth, Barnes & Noble has seen ups and downs over the decades as it tried to straddle the world of paper books and e-books.

“The real innovation in e-readers has been giving consumers a convenient way to buy books, wirelessly, without even having to use their computers,” says Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester Research analyst. “Giving consumers a digital storefront right in their hands, that’s what really made e-readers a phenomenon.”

But tastes and technology have moved on. People haven’t stopped reading. They are just increasingly likely to read e-books on tablets rather than e-readers, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. The polling firm found that 23% of Americans said they had read e-books in 2012, compared with 16% in 2011.

And ever cheaper tablet computers can be used not just as sophisticated readers but also as Web browsers, game consoles and cameras. “For most consumers, a multi-use tablet is a better fit, particularly at the price points at which tablets can now be had,” says Tom Mainelli, IDC’s tablet research director. “E-readers will eventually become a niche product.”

The trend away from dedicated e-readers stems, in part, from their more-limited capabilities, which often include monochrome screens and rudimentary Web surfing. Tablet computers, such as Apple Inc.’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other devices using Google Inc.’s Android operating system, have color displays, full Web browsing.

The price gap for many tablets has also narrowed, making them even more attractive to consumers. Google, for instance, sells a version of its Nexus 7 tablet for just $199, and Amazon now offers a $159 model of its Fire device, which is $20 less than the most expensive Kindle e-reader and $40 more than the priciest Nook. And the arrival of the iPad Mini recently brought the entry price of Apple tablets to $329, down from $499 at the original iPad size.

Not that all tablets are being embraced by consumers. Some data have shown a slow start to such devices powered by Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows 8 software.

Sales of Windows notebooks and tablets fell 13% in the Oct. 21 to Dec. 8 time period, compared with the same stretch in 2011, according to NPD Group. The market-research firm says the Windows 8 tablet sales it measured were immaterial. (It hasn’t tracked sales of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet.)

On Thursday, Barnes & Noble said that revenue at its Nook segment—which includes both tablets and e-readers, as well as digital content and accessories—fell 13% from a year earlier to $311 million for the nine-week holiday period ended Dec. 29. The company doesn’t detail sales for specific devices.

A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

Despite the trends, dedicated e-readers have some selling points. They tend to be lighter than most tablets, and a different style of display improves their battery life. Barnes & Noble says the low-end Simple Touch version of its Nook line can operate up to two months on a battery charge, compared with around 10 hours of reading on its Nook HD tablet.

There have also been major improvements in e-readers, including touch-screen technology and self-lighting screens. “E-readers are dramatically better today than they were even two years ago,” says Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis.

Moreover, e-reader prices have fallen sharply, with Kindles starting as low as $69 for a model that comes with ads.

Source: http://www.WSJ.com  By Greg Bensinger—Shira Ovide contributed to this article.

 

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Now Toys”R”Us Has a Tablet #FED_ebooks

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Even Toys”R”Us Has a Tablet Now

Toys”R”Us has taken a good long look at the increasingly crowded Android tablet market and decided it wants a minuscule sliver too. So starting October 1st, every child’s favorite store will start selling a seven-inch, $150 Android device called the Tabeo targeted at younger users.

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At the moment Toys”R”Us’ online store shows the Tabeo available for pre-order with a ship date of October 1st, but the official press release indicates it won’t be hitting brick and mortar store shelves until the 21st. With competitors like the MEEP!, Vinci, and LeapPad already targeting kids, this is certainly a sector that might be over-served already. But who knows, maybe Toys”R”Us has managed to build a $150 Android Tablet that’s a lesson in something more than abject frustration.

Source: gizmodo.com 9/10/2012  By: Andrew Liszewski

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48 #iPad #Apps That #Teachers and Parents Love

Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have certainly been garnering ardent support from the edtech community. Gadget geek teachers love the thousands of apps available to give their courses a multimedia edge, and students love how so many reach out to different learning styles. For the connected classroom, the following stand out as either great supplements to various lessons or essential, time-saving streamlining strategies.

Art and Music

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  1. Wasabi Paint:Get those little Jackson Pollocks acquainted with the core tenets of abstract and abstract expressionist art with one of the most hyper-realistic painting applications available.
  2. Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD:Pianos aren’t the cheapest pieces of equipment out there, and schools and teachers with iPad access will love teaching kids the all fundamentals without spending thousands.
  3. Musee du Louvre:Since Paris is a bit too far away for most schools to schedule a field trip, the Louvre’s official app works almost as well, with virtual tours of its historical holdings.
  4. StudioTrack:Perfect for band, choir, and orchestra directors who want to record their students’ performances using a full studio setup.
  5. Sketchbook Pro for iPad:Often touted as one of the best art applications currently available, Sketchbook Pro’s extensive digital toolbox is an essential for art teachers and students looking to channel their creativity in virtual spaces.
  6. Tonara:Tonara listens to musicians and music students play sheet music directly from the device and turns the page as soon as they hit the end.
  7. iDraw:Introduce budding young design virtuosos to the glory and wonder that is vector drawing and encourage them to experiment.
  8. The History of Jazz – an interactive timeline:Through video, audio, and other multimedia presentations, the rich and troubled history of a musical — not to mention cultural! — phenomenon compellingly unfurls.
  9. MoMA:Another excellent iPad application bringing users to the hallways of the Museum of Modern Art for intensive creative inquiry.
  10. Music Theory and Practice by Musicopoulos:Exactly what it says on the tin — play around with Musicopoulos’ offering for lessons, exercises, and quizzes about all the intricacies of interpreting music.
  11. TypeDrawing for iPad V3.0:Typography and typographic design thrive in the digital arts community, and this critically acclaimed resource makes for a great way to get students thinking critically about the medium.
  12. Symphony Pro:Write and play back compositions using Symphony Pro’s myriad features, which make it easier than ever to whip up original works for students to practice and perform.

Language, Reading, and Writing

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  1. iBooks:Apple’s official eBook reader requires a download since it doesn’t come with the iPad, but it’s well worth the few seconds to access free and cheap classics, bestsellers, and more obscure reads.
  2. Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus – Free:It’s a free digital dictionary and a thesaurus available through Dictionary.com — explanations don’t get much more straightforward than that.
  3. Grammar Up:With more than 1,800 lessons and questions to choose from, Grammar Up works as an excellent refresher on punctuation and parts of speech for both students and their instructors.
  4. Totale Course HD:Subscribers to the Rosetta Stone Totale Course program enjoy access to this application, which features comprehensive multimedia lessons in the world’s most widely-spoken languages.
  5. Meegenius! Kids’ Books:Whenever children reading or listening to one of the featured books encounters an unfamiliar word, Meegenius! builds their vocabulary skills by hooking them up with the definition.
  6. Pages:Pages is often touted as the best word processing application available on the Apple line of products, and since it works with the iCloud, it’s possible to save chances across devices.
  7. Sounds: The Pronunciation App FREE:Both ESL and native speakers love flicking on Sounds and learning all the weird little quirks of English language pronunciation.
  8. Storyist:An excellent resource for both teachers who dig writing on the side and students hoping to hammer out their very first creative writing work for publication!
  9. Grammar Girl App:Mignon Fogarty — the Grammar Girl herself — brings her beloved Quick and Dirty Guide to all things wordy through this app, which includes direct access to her podcast, Twitter, book excerpts, and more.
  10. iTranslate ~ the free translator:With more than 50 languages to choose from, almost anyone needing to know the translation for a quick word or phrase before a test or out exploring the world will likely find out what they need to know.
  11. Goodreads:Crazy popular social networking site Goodreads allows bibliophiles to share reviews, rankings, and book collections; educators should definitely consider signing up and scoring some great recommendations about what to teach, what to learn from, and what to simply enjoy.
  12. Chapters – Notebooks for Writing:Chapters’ friendly interface allows users to juggle through different writing projects in different mediums, and search and edit them with extreme ease.

Math and Science

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  1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration:Every element on the periodic table comes alive in sterling, gorgeous detail, with multimedia lessons on its basic characteristics, uses, and appearances.
  2. Wolfram Alpha:It’s a veritable Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in one single application, but mathematics buffs in particular will absolutely adore the fully functional scientific calculator and seemingly endless computational capabilities.
  3. Star Walk:Point the iPad at the sky and learn exactly what stars and constellations happen to appear that night through this heavily decorated astronomy application.
  4. Math Evolve:Ideal for ages 6 and up (though the developers threw in a few fun things for adults!), Math Evolve turns numerical basics into some super fun, super memorable games.
  5. Skeletal Anatomy 3D – Quiz and Reference:Three-dimensional models and charts detail all the bones in the human body as well as how they work together. And, of course, users can use the built-in exams for keeping the information fresh upstairs.
  6. Number Line:Teachers take advantage of the eponymous interface to provide quick and accessible lessons in fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  7. Popular Science +:Subscribers to Popular Science magazine also receive access to the iPad app, which offers up both a full version of each months’ issue as well as exclusive multimedia content.
  8. Motion Math Zoom:Play super duper fun math games suitable for kids — and maybe even adults who need a few refreshers — in glorious high-definition.
  9. GeoMaster Plus HD:Fourteen games and an atlas provide hours of edutainment to students needing some effective and fun supplements to their classroom geography lessons.
  10. MathRef Free:This math-related reference houses more than 1,400 formulas, facts, and almost everything else both teachers and students ought to know about number crunching.
  11. Vernier Video Physics:Teach students the real-life applications of physics principles with Vernier Video Physics, which uses the iPad’s built-in camera to record an object in motion and detail all the tasty science morsels behind it.
  12. Algebra Touch:Anything and everything learners and teachers have to know about simple and advanced algebra gets covered through this extremely popular, effective resource.

Organization, Productivity, and Learning

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  1. TeacherPal:This organizer specifically targets the titular demographic and offers up features specific to their needs, such as grade storage and calculation, rosters, behavior and attendance notes, and more.
  2. Flashcards:One of the best flashcard apps available allows for fully customizable, multimedia decks of various sizes covering any subject an educator desires.
  3. Khan Academy:Open courseware juggernaut Khan Academy wants everyone to “learn almost anything for free,” meaning teachers can use its official app for professional or personal development.
  4. Dropbox:Dropbox remains among the most popular organization applications around because its simple aim of letting user access their files anywhere, anytime, from any device makes life just that much easier.
  5. Evernote:Use Evernote to create fully searchable documents and notes retrievable from any connected device for free!
  6. Instapaper:Because this app saves websites and blogs for offline reading and browsing, it’s a great tool for teachers who stumble across something to share with the class or relevant to their careers and private lives.
  7. iTunes U:Another super amazing open source education resource overflowing with videos, audio, and other media lessons from such illustrious institutions as Oxford, MoMA, MIT, Yale, The Library of Congress, and plenty more; they cover an extensive range of topics, to boot!
  8. DocuSign Ink:With this simple electronic signature tool, educators stave off the onset of carpal tunnel by downloading and appending it to documents needing their approval.
  9. TED:Browse TED’s extensive archives of recorded lectures about pretty much everything directly from the world’s most influential, industrial movers and shakers.
  10. iThoughts:When inspiration strikes, iThoughts is there to help iPad enthusiasts mind map lectures, assignments, and anything else to push education forward.
  11. Box:Another productivity app streamlining the document and file storage and retrieval process, this time allowing for projection!
  12. PBS Kids Video:Preschool and elementary school teachers who love themselves some technology integration will love exploring the the thousands of kid-friendly educational videos provided by PBS via their official iPad presence.

SOURCE: http://www.onlinecolleges.net
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Tablet Cures Textbook Ills #FED_ebooks #ebooks #writer #author #Apple #iPad

Rx for Medical Students: Take One Tablet

By Pam Baker

TechNewsWorld

“Having access to textbooks and notes on the iPad facilitated productivity — not only in the classroom, but also on subway and train commutes,” said Crystal Kyaw, a student who participated in a study of the iPad’s benefits for medical education. “Its sleek profile made it easy to carry and allowed me to access references in a nonobtrusive and convenient manner during meetings as well.”

The educational e-book market has grown fiercer in the last few years, raising the question of where the end game will leave educational institutions in their attempts to reduce student churn, increase productivity and radically reduce costs.

As the battling e-textbook giants try to cut exclusive deals and limit competitors’ supplies of e-content, educators from the kindergarten to university level are wondering if their choices of learning material will be choked as a result.

That concern is not unfounded considering that e-books are likely to outright replace paper textbooks in the next 36 months, according to Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Within the next 12-18 months, entire departments at universities will have replaced paper textbooks completely, Kibby predicted, noting that the trend is already under way. If titans in the e-textbook market limit access to e-content as a means to harm their competition, a learning institution can find itself short of the course material it needs by virtue of choosing the “wrong” device or service.

Tablet vs. E-Reader

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) rents e-textbooks while Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) produces the software and service to create them, thereby providing the means to sidestep traditional textbook publishers. Both aggressively cut prices to the bone in an attempt to cripple their competitors.First Edition Design Publishing

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) offers Nook Study, which rents and sells textbooks. The content available from each is not identical. Some books are available on one outlet and not another.

However, content on tablets tends to be of more concern to educators than that which is available solely for e-readers, and that has everything to do with how the devices are faring in the consumer market.

The more colorful, glitzy and versatile tablets are overcoming their drabber e-ink e-reader cousins. E-readers sales  have slumped from 9 million units in late 2011 to a meager 2 million units in the first quarter of 2012, according to Digitimes Research.

That doesn’t mean, however, that e-readers are fading away or that educational institutions are turning away from them. Annual e-reader shipments will exceed 60 million units by 2015, the firm forecast.

Tablet Wars

In regard to tablets, the competition, while still fierce, looks to be almost at the point of crowning a winner.

Apple reasserted its dominance in the first quarter of 2012 with a staggering lead in iPad sales, claiming 68 percent of the tablet market, according to preliminary data from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker.

Overall, tablet shipments tanked by 38.4 percent, mostly due to plummeting Android sales, although Amazon fared poorly too.

“Amazon, which stormed into the market in 4Q11 to grab second place with 16.8 percent of the market on shipment of 4.8 million units, saw its share decline significantly in the first quarter to just over 4 percent, falling to third place as a result,” reads the report. “Samsung took advantage of Amazon’s weakness to regain the number two position while Lenovo vaulted into the number four spot, followed by Barnes & Noble at number five.”

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) almost fell off the shelf entirely in tablets, which limits its ability to carve much space in the textbook market — but the company is preparing to push back hard with Windows 8 and its touch-oriented Metro user interface.

“The worldwide tablet market is entering a new phase in the second half of 2012 that will undoubtedly reshape the competitive landscape,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC program vice president, clients and displays.

“While Apple will continue to sit comfortably on the top for now, the battle for the next several positions is going to be fierce,” he said. “Throw in Ultrabooks, the launch of Windows 8, and a few surprise product launches, and you have all the makings of an incredible 2012 holiday shopping season.”

iPad Goes to Med School

To get a better feel for the effects of e-textbooks on student productivity, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Health Sciences launched an iPad pilot program and study.

With the aid of a US$10,000 Technology Improvement Express Award grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, Hofstra set out to determine the effectiveness of the iPad and apps as a tool for medical education.

The grant paid for 10 iPads and cases, along with textbook, productivity and medical applications. Ten out of the 40 first-year medical students and 10 out of approximately 30 faculty members involved in the Winter/Spring term received the devices.

In-person training and a support website were provided by the library staff. Some of the apps loaded on the iPads included textbooks not currently available via library subscriptions on various platforms; specific information-retrieval apps such as Pubmed on Tap, Micromedex and DynaMed; patient education apps; and a patient log app such as Drchrono, which served the students as a transportable Electronic Health Record.

“Students were eager to use iPad functionality as a collaborative tool in their case-based and self-directed learning, critical pathways in our integrated curriculum,” Debra Rand associate dean and director for health sciences libraries, told TechNewsWorld. “This grant-funded pilot study provided us with usage trends and the opportunity to obtain significant real-time feedback from students and faculty that will guide us in our future planning.”

How iPad Scored

The results of the 12-week pilot study were overwhelmingly positive from students and faculty alike. Students and faculty listed the iPad’s top strengths as portability, ease of accessing materials, and the note-taking and annotation capabilities. The top weaknesses noted by study participants were a “difficult to use” onscreen keyboard and the inability to use Flash content. Further, participants noted that the vendor feature allowing the purchase of chapters rather than an entire textbook was not useful.

The iPads were loaded with partial content of medical textbooks required in the school’s curriculum — some 20 chapters from five different textbooks for the purpose of this study. But most study participants said they preferred access to entire textbooks for reference purposes.

“Having access to textbooks and notes on the iPad facilitated productivity — not only in the classroom, but also on subway and train commutes,” Crystal Kyaw, one of the students who won a free iPad at the end of the Hofstra study, told TechNewsWorld. “Its sleek profile made it easy to carry and allowed me to access references in a nonobtrusive and convenient manner during meetings as well.”

But using iPads in medical school is not only beneficial to learning the material — it’s also preparation for real-world use in medical fields, a fact that further distances Apple from its e-textbook and tablet competitors.

Nearly three-quarters (74.3 percent) of the physicians participating in a study conducted by ON24 and MedData said they either owned or planned to buy an iPad in the next six months.

“We’re looking at a significant change in how doctors say they use and want to use virtual technology,” said Bill Reinstein, president and CEO of MedData Group, “and the results of the survey point to wider adoption and more meaningful use of online training anytime, anywhere.”

As to whether Apple will force med schools and doctors to use content that Apple provides or will be open to procuring content as the schools and physicians dictate is yet to be seen.

Pam Baker has written hundreds of articles published in leading technology, business and finance publications. She has also authored several analytical studies on technology, eight books, and an award-winning documentary on paper-making. She is a member of the National Press Club (NPC), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Internet Press Guild (IPG). She can be reached on Twitter at @bakercom1.

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