NZeRT – A forum for New Zealanders (and others) to discuss ebooks and e-readers

by Tony ColeI have had my attention drawn to NZeRT by its founder – Deborah Price-Ewen – which seems to be both very lively and relevant to anyone who is interested in ereaders, ebooks and everything about them.  But it has a specific direction, which makes it stand out among all the other sites on the web on this topic – including my blog.

Their aims are as follows:

We are a group of interested librarians, information specialists and educators looking to the future of libraries and learning. We also invite authors and publishers to join this group.
Our primary focus is to:

  • Review eReaders as they come onto the market
  • Form discussions around topics of interest
  • Problem Solve
  • Establish a coalition of support as consumers

I have had a wander around on this Wiki, and discovered that they cover an amazing amount of ground in the various sections of it, but as stated in their “Mission Statement”, they lean heavily in the direction of education and libraries, both areas that are showing signs of being extremely important in the ereader world.

Whilst this is a New Zealand based Wiki, with a reasonable bias towards things as seen from their perspective, there is enough content that is universal enough to be of interest to us wherever we happen to live.

Like most blogs and Wikis about ereaders, they have a fair number of reviews of various devices, which will of course be of interest to the general user of ereaders, regardless of where you happen to live in the world, but of more interest to me, and this is what makes NZeRT particularly interesting, is the side of this site that deals with education and libraries.

Currently, apart from the very active and friendly threads they have running on all manner of topics dealing with ereaders, they also have a number of articles and interviews all about their core interests.   Several of which I have now read, and found to be really interesting.

Further, being a Wiki, rather than a blog, you can of course add your own articles, edit articles and do all the things one can do with the Wiki format – in other words, one can be a very active part of this site -  an interesting, and as far as I know, unique idea in the world of ereaders online.

Most blogs on this and other topics consist of an editor, such as I, who pontificates away at the world, and whose readers add their comments to particular posts…..   So it isn’t truly interactive. more reactive.   A Wiki on the other hand allows people to create their own articles,  and is thus truly interactive.

Rather than go on telling you about this intriguing website, I suggest you click on the link below and go and check it out for yourselves, it is well worth it.

So, here is the link:

About Nate Hoffelder (11789 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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