The Kindle Fire was announced several weeks ago and today Barnes & Noble announced the NOOK Tablet. Both begin shipping later this month. Let’s see how the features compare.
|8.1″ x 5.0″ x 0.48″
||7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″
|1GHz Dual-Core Processor
|16 GB (plus Memory Slot)
|Up to 11.5 Hours Reading
||Up to 8.0 Hours Reading
Both devices run on the Android operating system and connect using Wi-Fi. Screens have the same 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi.
Regarding ebooks: B&N claims 2.5 million available titles to Amazon.com’s over 1 million ebooks.
ALA TechSource recently held two workshops on tablet computers and their uses in libraries. Part 1 gives some background history on the tablet computer and some current tablet models with specifications. Reasons the presenters give for using tablets in libraries:
- Engaging users
- Suporting research
- As assistive technologies
- Providing new services
- Delivering new content
- Productivity enhancement
- Professional development
Part 1 also gives some examples of libraries that have implemented tablet lending.
Part 2 gives more practical examples as well as a brief overview of apps with many screenshots of useful ones.
Part 1: Integrating iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services
Part 2: Integarting iPads and Tablet Computers into Library Services, Part 2