There are many different types of e-books out there: freely available electronic copies of books that are out of copyright; e-books through sources such as Google Books in which only selected parts of the books can be viewed; e-books that you purchase yourself and download from Amazon or other sources; and, finally, the ebook collections that the library provides.
About Library E-books
All library e-books are full-text. All of them can be read online through a regular Web browser. Some library ebooks can be downloaded for offline reading to mobile devices, such as iPads, Android devices, and Kindle Fires, as well as a computer. Here's how to download ebooks.
E-book databases are listed in the box to the right. OneSearch is the best place to search though because combines e-books from different providers (JSTOR, EBSCO, etc) into a single interface.
The library will keep buying print books, but will increasingly be purchasing e-books for student and faculty use. E-books can be accessed 24/7 from any internet accessible computer, as well as many mobile devices. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in using your campus ID and password, just like other library databases.
E-books often have powerful search tools which allow you to uncover hard to find information.
The various e-book providers have different features but in general users can: