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eBooks, a Guide: Home - Intro to eBooks

A brief guide to eBooks at the library, including Overdrive, the online platform that allows downloading eBooks to your Kindle, Nook, tablet, or other electronic device.

Quick Guide to Ebooks at the Library

Downloadable reference guide to ebooks at the library. Lists scholarly and leisure reading publishers, a guide on how to search for ebooks at the library, and a table on publishers' policies on downloading ebooks.

eBook Quick Links

Getting Started

What Are eBooks?

The following is a guide to eBooks available through the Eugene McDermott Library. It describes the eBook collections the library owns and devices that support various eBook formats.

In simple terms, eBooks are electronic versions of print format books. They may come in a variety of file formats. Some must be viewed with an active Internet connection. Others may be downloaded for short periods of time for offline use. Most are in text-only format. Others may be audio. Depending on the format supported, eBooks may be read on a variety of devices: desktop PCs/Macs, laptops, ereader devices (Kindle, Nook), tablets (iPad), or smart phones.

Ebook Collections

Quick Guide to eBook Formats

  • eBook Formats - an excellent, easy-to-understand, all-in-one introduction to eBook reader formats and the devices on which they can be read. Brought to you by eBook Architects.
  •  E-book Formats - an exhaustive list of eBook reader formats and the devices that support them. By Mobileread.com.
  • Adobe Digital Editions (EPUB, DRM-protected PDF)
    Adobe® Digital Editions software allows you to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected (DRM) e-books from your personal computer/laptop to other computers or devices. ADE also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF and EPUB.
  •  Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF)
    Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF documents, including forms and multimedia. PDF = Portable Document Format

  • AZW Amazon's propietary DRM (Digital Rights Management)-restricted format.