What should I cover in the “Ebooks & Readers: Next Steps” workshop?

The Kindle Reader (A Young Girl Seated), after RenoirAt CIL2013 I’ll be running the Ebooks & Readers: Next Steps workshop on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the official description:

So you’ve got an e-reader and you’ve mastered purchasing books from the associated store and even downloading books from OverDrive. But what about sideloading content from other sources such as Project Gutenberg and Smashwords? How about converting content from one ebook format to another, or even creating your own ebook content from Word documents and websites? Bring the e-reader or tablet of your choice and a laptop to walk you through all the necessary steps so that you can engage and share with your community.

So far the software I plan on covering are:

(I’d like to stick to just free software but if there’s something really good that doesn’t cost too much I’d be willing to at least mention it.)

And then I’ll be sure to point everyone to plenty of free eBook sources such as:

Then I wonder about covering things like these which may be illegal to use but not necessarily to inform people about:

So here’s what I need input on: 

  • Am I missing any topics/software/sites? If so, what are they?
  • What is your opinion on that last category of content for the workshop?


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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

2 thoughts on “What should I cover in the “Ebooks & Readers: Next Steps” workshop?”

  1. Michael – another site to consider is MobileRead Forums (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/); useful info (though usual forum caveats apply) on all things e-book related. Includes PD e-books in a variety of formats, cleaned up and formatted better than Project Gutenberg (though not as many as PG, of course).

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