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What is an eBook?

An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book and can be read on your PC, laptop, and most hand held devices. eBooks make up a significant part of the Library's collection and this guide will show you how to find them and how to make the best use of them.  

Navigate through the guide using the tabs on the side.  

Why read eBooks?

There are many benefits to reading eBooks:

  • 24/7 access
  • No overdue fines
  • No need to carry heavy books
  • Search entire text for keywords or phrases
  • Highlight text
  • Add notes and bookmarks
  • Access scholarly materials on all subject areas
  • Accessible by multiple users at the same time (limits apply for some eBooks)

Why aren't all eBooks the same?

When an eBook is read online, it is viewed on a particular eBook platform. The platform "hosts" the eBook and usually includes various options for interaction, for example, printing pages, searching the text, and highlighting sections.

The Library's eBooks are hosted on a number of different platforms, which is why they don't all look the same, or have the same functionality. 

Learn more about where to find eBooks on the Find eBooks page, and how to use the various features on the Use eBooks page. 

Learning checklist

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This guide is designed to help you:

  • Understand what eBooks are and how they differ to print books
  • Locate a range of eBooks from different sources
  • Recognise eBook features that improve the user's experience
  • Understand access and printing restrictions
  • Reference eBooks correctly