So...out of the blue my principal says he wants to talk ebooks and asked me which tablet would be the best for the school. iPad? Kindle? Nook? Kobo? I don't have a budget so I've done zero research on this front. I automatically said iPad because I actually have a Nook Color and found it frustratingly limited. I bought an iPad instead. But he balked at the price. Has anyone already done the comparisons? What are your findings? Thanks in advance.
I have been considering purchasing a couple of e-book readers for our elementary school library and had been leaning toward Kindle Fire or Nook Color because of price and the ability to enjoy picture books on the reader. I don't know as much about the Nook Color what did you not like about it? I would love to have an iPad but am struggling to justify the cost to myself.
I think that you have to consider how you plan to use the e-books. Will you allow them to circulate? Will you allow younger children to use them? Will children be allowed to use them at all or will they only circulate to teachers/staff? Will they be used only for reading books or will they be used for apps and access to the internet as well? Hope this helps. I have a small budget and am still trying to decide myself.
Thanks for replying Danielle.
There were a few things I didn't like about the Nook Color. I'll list them.
Here's what I liked about it though:
We use Destiny, so we decided to start with Follett ebooks so we didn't need to buy ereaders.
Hi Barbara, thanks for replying.
Could you tell me more about Follett ebooks? What do you mean you don't need ereaders? I'm assuming you can just read online? What about on already existing mobile devices like smartphones?
Thanks in advance for your answer.
I really dislike the Follett ebooks. They are so clunky to use! I have a few high interest titles in that format (Hunger Games etc) and when all of the print copies are out I have shown kids how to access the Read Online function. They appreciate the option, but are not impressed with the format at all.
With my HS students I have often recommended that they download the free Kindle for Mac app (other formats available too) and then peruse the Kindle store for books. There are a lot of free downloads available for the classics and for academic titles. The reader is so easy to use.
The Follett ebooks are available on anything you have--a tablet, any computer. Your local Follett rep will be happy to come and show you what it's like on his laptop. SInce we're an elementary school and very few of the students have ereaders and we don't want to lend them out to very young children, this works well for us.
Thanks for all of the responses everybody! I have multiple perspectives now, which is great. I'll have my Follett rep come and give me "the sell" on Follet ebooks (with a grain of salt) and I'll take it from there.