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Chapter 5: Resources
Jason Griffey


Few would argue, given the rise and exponential expansion of the Internet and personal computing, with the statement that we are in the midst of an ongoing information revolution. Personal electronics, or as we'll refer to them in the pages of this report, gadgets, are a key component of this revolution and one that has tremendous potential to transform library services. This issue of Library Technology Reports, “Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library,” provides analysis of a variety of relatively low-cost gadgets, looking at features, costs, and possible applications for libraries. The report will focus heavily, but not exclusively on e-readers, a device whose popularity is increasing rapidly and has tremendous potential implications for the library world. The report will also cover a variety of multimedia capture devices, scanners, note-taking devices, and several unusual gadgets that are difficult to categorize. All gadgets will be analyzed with an eye toward the future, cost-effectiveness, performance, and functionality.

E-readers and Tablets

Allen, Danny. “The Intel Reader Photographs Text and Reads It Back to You.” Gizmodo website, Nov. 10, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Amazon Kindle Team. “Announcement: Macmillan E-books.” website, Kindle Community section, Jan. 31, 2010, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Best Tablet Review. “Kindle Claims 45% of eReader Market, Sony Claims 30%.” Sept. 1, 2009. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Business Wire. “Aluratek Announces the Libre eBook Reader PRO—Utilizing Reflective Light LCD Technology.” Dec. 8, 2009. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Camangi WebStation. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Dulin's Books. “Dulin's Books Announces Launch of New Ereader in U.S.” (press release). PRWeb website, Nov. 8, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Dybwad, Barb. “9 Upcoming Tablet Alternatives to the Apple iPad.” Mashable: The Social Media Guide website, Jan. 28, 2010, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

E Ink. “First-Generation Electronic Paper Display from Philips, Sony and E Ink to Be Used in New Electronic Reading Device” (press release). March 24, 2004, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

E Ink Press Archives. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

enTourage eDGe Store. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Golijan, Rosa. “Borders and Kobo Team Up to Develop a New Reader.” Gizmodo website, Dec. 15, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6. 2010).

Jhonsa, Eric. “Amazon Has an Early Lead, but the Game's Not Over.” The Motley Fool website, Aug. 31, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Lai, Eric. “Amazon's Kindle Winning Battle, but Adobe Poised to Win E-book War.” Computerworld, Dec. 9, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6. 2010).

Murph, Darren. “Entourage Edge E-reader Shows Off Its Softer-ware Side on Video.” Engadget website, Dec. 7, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Pash, Adam. “Current Crop of E-readers Compared: iPad vs. the Rest,” Lifehacker website, Jan. 31, 2010, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Publishers Weekly. “Sony, OverDrive in Deal.” Aug. 12, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Ricker, Thomas. “Entourage Edge Dual-Screen Android E-reader Given Lusty Hands-On.” Engadget website, Dec. 16, 2009, (accesed Feb. 6, 2010).

Rothman, Wilson. “Barnes & Noble Nook Review: Pretty Damn Good.” Gizmodo website, Dec. 7, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

——. “Que: Plastic Logic's Capacitive-Touch Ebook Reader.” Gizmodo website, Oct. 19, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Spring Design website. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

“Tablet.” The Chromium Projects website, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Topolsky, Joshua. “ICD Ultra Android Tablet Hands-on.” Engadget website, Dec. 20, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

WikiReader website. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).


“Kodak Playsport Video Camera / Black.” Kodak Store website, Consumer Products section, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Personal Scanners/Text Capture Devices

Herrman, John. “Livescribe Pulse Smartpen Now Has Its Own App Store.” Gizmodo website, Nov. 19, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Livescribe. “Introducing Pulse.” (accessed Feb. 6. 2010).

Loftus, Jack. “Livescribe Crams More Storage, New Color Into Pulse Smartpen Line.” Gizmodo website, Oct. 19, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

PlanOn website, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Odd or Unusual Techology

Patel, Nilay. “Latest SixthSense Demo Features Paper ‘Laptop,’ Camera Gestures.” Engadget website, Nov. 18, 2009, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Violet website. (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

Miscellaneous Resources

Jones, Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne. “Gadget-A-Go-Go: Be Cool in School!” MHMS Media Tech Steam Powered Wiki, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

King, David Lee. “Tinkering in the Techie Toybox—My Presentation.” David Lee King blog, Nov. 14, 2008, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

“What Can Wear Out on a PC?” Computers & Electronics, 11, no. 3 (March 2000): 32–34, start of article available on Smart Computing website, (accessed Feb. 6, 2010).

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