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Open Access Resources: III. OA eBooks

Introduction to eBooks

A formal definition of E-book would be: "The electronic counterpart of a printed book, which can be viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or e-book reader. When traveling, a large number of e-books can be stored in portable units, dramatically eliminating weight and volume compared to paper." (e-book, n.d.).  


In other words, it is a book in digital form.  

E-books are becoming popular and can be useful in many ways.  

1) Portable: An E-book can be stored on many different devices eliminating the need to carry around a heavy book.

2) Sizable Text: You can adjust the size of the books text to make it easy to read.  

3) Night Reading: Many of the devices which E-books can be read on are backlit.  This means that you can read without the need of an external light source.   

4) Instant Access: Once purchased or borrowed an E-book is immediately accessible.  You never have to leave your house!

Once you have decided that you would like to try E-books for yourself you need to decide how you want to access these books.  This page has been created to inform you about some of the options available to you and how to make the most of this exciting new technology.

eBooks on the Go! Click below.

(Click on "Project Gutenberg" to access)



(Click on "Open Library" to access)




eBook Readers

The first question that many people ask when considering to read E-books is: "Do I need to buy a special device?" The answer is no! One of the great things about E-books is that you can access them almost anywhere; one your desktop, laptop, tablet, an e-reader, or even your phone.  The second question asked is: "What e-reader should I buy?" Well, that is a question only you can answer.  Here are a few of your options.


The Kindle is an E-reader available for purchase from  

The Nook is an E-Reader available for purchase from Barnes & Noble

The Kobo is an E-Reader available for purchase from

All-in-All eBooks:

This guide will show you ways to find e-books to enjoy and take you through some of the basics in downloading them from your library and other sources. 

E-books enable you to read a book anywhere when a regular book would be too cumbersome or inconvenient.  Today's e-readers are less bulky and you can read normally whether you're enjoying the sunshine or in bed.  Don't let your arms get tired holding that Ken Follett it on these lightweight, thin devices.  If you need large print, you can adjust the font with e-readers: no more squinting or holding the book at a distance.

If you have a smart phone or computer, you can also read books on those devices.  You will need to download special apps (such as Kindle for iPhone) on most of these.  Visit the App Store or the Android Market on your phone, search for Kindle or Overdrive, and you can start from there.