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Quick Guide

ebook reader between books on a shelf

Our eBook collection includes many scholarly publishers, as well as popular titles.

  • Search our Catalog and limit to eBooks. 

The ebook environment is evolving with different business models. We carefully evaluate the acquisition of ebooks by negotiating options made available by publishers. If you would like us to add an ebook to our collection Suggest a Purchase.

Getting Ready to Read

1. Search the library catalog to find e-books. 

2. Determine where will you be reading your e-books:

  • Computer or laptop - good for PDF and/or HTML. Some offer EPUB format. Read EPUB using Adobe Digital Editions software. Other formats can be converted using software solutions or apps (see Ebook Formats).
     
  • Readers/Devices - different devices accommodate different e-book formats. In some cases, you'll be able to convert one e-book format into another for downloading onto your device. See the grid displaying e-readers/ devices. 

3. Download e-book software

Taking Notes / Annotating on Ebook Central & EBSCOHost

Both of these e-book sites provide note-taking and/or highlighting options after you sign in to your personal account.

Ebook Central

  • Sign-in to Ebook Central and use tools in the top menu or use your mouse to highlight and create notes. 
  • Your annotations will be saved in your Bookshelf.

EBSCOHost E-Books

  • Use the Tools menu on the right-hand side.  
  • Click the “Notes” icon on the Tools menu found on the far right. To save notes, sign in to your personal EBSCOHost account. 
  • Once you've started to collect notes (clicking "New Note" for each addition), you'll see the listing of notes displayed at the top of your screen:
  • In later sessions, these notes will be available to you by clicking the Folder icon. From there, they can be printed, emailed or saved as a file.

Unique things about eBooks

  • Ebooks come in different file formats which work with different devices.  Software can help with converting formats to work with your device (see Formats & Devices).
  • Publishers usually require Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions. DRM includes limits on copying, printing, transferring, and multiple user access.
  • Public Domain are books that are free. Usually, these are older books that are now outside of copyright, see Finding Free Ebooks.

Annotating PDF's

Some software options.