Feedback on the iPad

Next Generation Digital Books

May 12th, 2011 in Digital Scholarship, iPad, Scholarly Communication.

Even as the BU Libraries are rapidly adding ebooks to the collection, we recognize that most of them are simply electronic versions of print books. We are beginning to see a new generation of books published in digital format. It might be better to call such books something other than ebooks. Perhaps “digital books?” The video below is an example of such a book.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s comments from ProfHacker

June 8th, 2010 in iPad.

From ProfHacker

Impressions After Two Months of Using an iPad

By Kathleen Fitzpatrick
June 8, 2010

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Hello. My name is Kathleen, and I’m an early adopter.

Hi, Kathleen!

I picked up my iPad from my campus bookstore on the morning it arrived. I’m pretty sure I was the first person to do so, in part because I’d beaten the delivery truck on my first trip to the store that morning, and in part because, when I came back after breakfast, the staff were just getting started unpacking the demo models.

Anyhow, I’ve lived and traveled and worked and played with the iPad for a little over two months now, and while I’m still completely head over heels for it, I’ve got a few ideas about how to make it better.

First, the obligatory fangirl gushing: I love having a device that provides such a flexible multi-channel personal media consumption environment. I read a lot on the iPad, in a range of book and document reading applications (including, as Jason described last week, the fantastic iAnnotate), I watch a fair bit of video, I read and respond to email, I take notes and do some basic writing in Evernote (thanks in part to to Shawn Miller’s guest post about the application), access the files on my computer via Dropbox, and a whole lot more.

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