New Toys!

Kindle 3
Kindle 3

Since I began my new job I’ve been lobbying for gadgets for me and all the library staff to tinker with so we could know more about them. Last week it was decided that I could get some of those gadgets. When asked what I wanted I made my list. It included: an iPad, Kindle 3, Nook and a Sony Reader. I figure these are the most popular devices right now so thats what I’d acquire.

Kindle 3
Kindle 3

Tuesday I was thrilled to get my first gadget delivered. It was the Kindle 3 and I couldn’t wait to start playing around with it. As you can see, the Kindle I received had some slight screen problems. Not only was it streaky but it was unresponsive. The people at Amazon were very helpful and I am expecting a new one today. Hopefully it will have a good screen and will work properly.

I ordered the Nook and the Sony Reader Touch Edition (from Amazon of all places…we have an account) this morning so I should be getting them next week! Getting the iPad is going to be a bit more tricky. It’s not that I can’t it’s simply that our established means of acquiring stuff doesn’t work with Apple. Not Apple’s fault at all. We don’t have an account with them and Best Buy (a place we do have an account with) doesn’t ship them out of their warehouse. So someone will have to buy one and be reimbursed. I’m happy to be that person but I’ll wait to get the ok from my boss before I go out and buy one. Hopefully I’ll get one by the early October. #fingerscrossed

Now, just because I’m saying I am getting these gadgets don’t think that they are mine. I just happen to be the guy with “Emerging Technologies” as part of his title. My plan is to take these gadgets out to all of our branches and have a “Technology Petting Zoo” with all of the library staff and as many patrons as possible. For the people who have never seen one it will be a good chance to handle and become more familiar with them. Hopefully, they will have a better idea of how they work and (at the very least) know what they look like and what they do. I can’t wait! This is going to be so much fun!

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