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e-Readers, Tablets, Smartphones , and e-Resources: Choosing a Device

The purpose of this guide is to do provide users with instructions, suggestions, and tips on how to access Miami Dade College’s electronic resources from various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.

Choosing an e-reader

Choosing a tablet

File formats

The purpose of this guide

Miami Dade College provides its students and faculty with access to e-books, journals, academic articles, and newspapers through its databases. These resources are easily accessible through any computer with an Internet connection.  Incidentally, many MDC students, faculty, and staff are transitioning from traditional desktop and laptop computers to hand-held devices such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. The question arises: which devices are most compatible with our electronic resources?

This guide has been created in order to demonstrate to students, faculty, and staff how to access the library's online resources using their deivces.

Basic device comparisons

Device Memory Cloud storage Battery e-ink File types Weight
Kindle Touch
4GB (3000 books) Yes Up to 4 weeks with wifi off, 10 days with wifi on Yes Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible, MP3, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG 7.5 oz.
Kindle Fire 16GB, 32GB Yes 8 hours of reading, 7.5 hours of video No Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible, MP3, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MIDI, OGG, WAV, AAC 14.6 oz.
2GB (1,000 books) expandable Yes 2 months Yes ePUB, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP 7.48 oz.
Nook Color 16GB (10,000 books) expandable Yes 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video No EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4 . 14.1 oz.
Nook HD 8 to 16GB Yes 10.5 hours No PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP 11 oz.
iPod Touch/ iPhone 8GB - 64GB Yes 8 hours of video, online browsing, or phone usage; up to 300 hours on standby No HTML, PDF, PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF 3.56 oz.
iPad 16GB - 64GB Yes 9.9 hours No PDF, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV, MP3, AAC, JPG, PNG, TIF, DOC, PPT, XLS, RTF 1.35 lbs
Microsoft Surface 32GB - 128GB No 10.6 hours No Microsoft Office file formats 1.5 lbs to 2 lbs

The devices listed above are some of the most common and most used tablets and e-readers used by the students and employees at Miami Dade College. 

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