Kenneth J. Shouldice Library
iPads, Nooks, Nexus 7's and Kindles
Have you wondered what the big deal is about these
Considered buying one, but not sure if it's for you?
The library has a few of these devices to loan. The loan
period for each tool is two weeks, with a possibility of renewal.
Each tool has a variety of apps that we hope will show you what that
tool can do. For more information, to check one out, or to get on
the waiting list, call Ruth Neveu (x2124), or send an e-mail to
How it works...
The library has two New iPads (3rd Generation), two Nexus 7's, a
Nook HD and a Kindle Fire HD. Students and employees can check out
one of the devices for a two week period (one device at a time).
Each gadget comes with a few apps, similar to what we hope a typical
user would install on the tool if it were their own. This will let
you see if you like the device, and see if the tool can do the
things you think it will, before you actually buy it. Maybe you
can't decide between the devices that are avaialble--this will give
you an opportunity to use each, so you can make a more informed
decision. We even have some books available on these devices.
Contact Beth to take advantage of this opportunity.
The official policy
About the devices
We purchased these products in October/November of 2012. At the
time, they were the best product each of the companies offered in that
screen size. They all feature a long battery life, are a comfortable
size to carry and use, allow you to browse the web and e-mail through
WiFi, and allow you to download apps to play games (Angry Birds,
anyone?) and accomplish tasks. The Kindle and Nook are enhanced e-readers,
based on the Android platform, and cost us approximately $200. The Nexus
7 is also Android based, and allows you to do the same things the Nook and
Fire do, but offers even more apps to choose from. Our Nexus 7 has more
memory than the Kindle or Nook, and cost us about $250. The iPads we
purchased are third generation, have the minimum amount of memory. Our
iPads have no cellular connectivity, but they are the only device of the
group that offers that option. Ours cost approximately $500. We can't tell
you which will suit your needs the best, but we can lend you one of our tools
so you can use it and make your own decision.
The Nexus 7 is an
Android based tablet. It's portable, easy to hold,
and the battery lasts a long time. With access to WiFi, you can browse
the web and check your e-mail. Grab apps from the Google Play store and have
the ability to work on a document, watch videos, read books, play games
The iPad is the
largest of our lending devices. The iPad has an astounding battery life,
and with WiFi and apps, you can read a book, play a game, browse the
Internet, create a document and more. We have the third generation of
iPad. You can buy an iPad that offers cellular connectivity, for
which you need to pay additional charges both for the iPad to have that
option, and monthly charges for the connectivity service. Our iPads
don't offer this, but of the devices we lend, this is the only one
offering this option.
HD is Barnes & Noble's e-reader, but it can do much more.
With a Wifi connection and some apps you can browse the web, check your
e-mail, read a book, watch a video or play a game.
And last but not least, the Kindle Fire
HD. With a long battery life and easy to hold and carry size, this
is a very handy device. It also requires a WiFi connection, from which
you can download apps, create and modify documents, play games, read
books, and watch videos.