eReader Pilot Programs are popping up all over

I've found a bunch of ereader pilot programs recently. That's great, but I do wish there were more signs that people have moved beyond experimentation and into common usage.

Penn State is going to use Sony Readers next fall in a pilot program conducted in cooperation with Penn State University Libraries and the English Department. The study will examine how the Sony Readers might be used in a variety of settings  including leisure reading, classrooms, research projects, and as a service for people with disabilities. There will be 5 ereaders available to be checked out of the library, and the rest will also be used in the Libraries' first-year seminar class, which teaches basic basic research skills. For more information, contact Anne Behler or Binky Lush.

A Kansas State University professor has been using the Amazon Kindle in her work with 2 elementary students during the past academic year. Lotta Larson, a K-State assistant professor of elementary education, has found that ereaders let children to interact with books in new ways. She noticed that they made comments summarizing the plot, which reinforced their understanding of the book. They also commented on character development, writing things like "If I were him, I'd say no way!"

BTW, she will be presenting her results at the International Reading Association Conference, which is held in Chicago during the last week of April.

Johnson County Community College just started a program in February 2010. It's still in the exploratory phase, and the research goals are still being defined. They're in the process of getting user reactions to how they feel about the Sony, Kindle, and Nook. One detail they've noticed so far is that littlethings have made people prissier than large things: people cared more about the glairy screen then having to find a computer to plug the Sony reader in to download books, and some users found the page turn orientation on the nook more frustrating than the software speed.

About Nate Hoffelder (11588 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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