Skip to main content

eBook Collections: Facts about eBooks

Guide for finding and using eBooks

Why is there not an eBook for every book?

  • Many new books are not made available as ebooks and when they are, they are often available only as Kindle books and other very restrictive formats.
     
  • Publishers make decisions about how they publish to maximize their sales, but it's not clear how to do that.  They might like to sell a copy to every single person, although libraries are reliable buyers.
     
  • Publishers also have their own unique histories and cultures.
     
  • The result is a wide variety of practices and openness to the library market.
     
  • Sometimes an ebook is available at a reasonable price with reasonable restrictions and we can buy it.  Other times it's not.
     
  • When it is, the library still has to decide.  Does our community need this book?  As an ebook? 

No e-textbooks adopted for classes yet

The Library does not buy textbooks selected for university classes.  This applies for ebooks as well as physical books.

However, it would not be surprising to see the university move forward on this over the next few years, if pilot programs around the country are successful.

Major eBook Packages -- How Many Do We Have?

Practical Questions

Do these Ebook collections allow multiple users?


EBSCO -- YES for most (but we do select single user books also).

ProQuest ebrary -- YES for most (but we do select single user books also).

Oxford -- YES

Safari -- YES

Can I download the entire book (and load on a reader)?


NO except for

YES for most EBSCO ebooks and  ProQuest ebrary ebooks.  You have to set up an account and check the book out.

Download Adobe Digital Editions and set up AdobeID account.  For an even better experience, get Bluefire app for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Can I download chapters?


YES for all except Safari ebooks.

NO for Safari.

You can also download other page ranges for ProQuest ebrary and EBSCO.  The maximum is usually about 60 pages.

ProQuest ebrary -- Create a PDF using this button along the top strip.

EBSCO -- Usually you can create and save a PDF using this button along the top.  (E-mail Pages works too.) 

EBSCO and ProQuest ebrary should not make you log in to download a chapter or chunk. 

 

Reading online?

ProQuest ebrary, EBSCO, Oxford, and Safari ebooks are reasonably easy to read online.