Thursday, February 21, 2013

e-Books at TWU Libraries

A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project states that ownership of e-book readers among adults in the United States nearly doubled (from 10% to 19%) between mid-December 2012 and early January 2013.  Smartphone and tablet apps have likewise expanded the use--and demand for--books in electronic form.  The TWU Libraries have a few ways to help the TWU community address their needs for these electronic resources.

1)  The TWU Libraries E-Books page provides a list of sources to search for e-books (TWU students and faculty and staff members can access these sources using their TWU Pioneer Portal username and password.)

2)  Two of the largest and most popular collections of e-books can be found in the E section of the TWU Libraries Databases A-Z List (ebrary (electronic books) and eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).)

brary (electronic books)
provides full access to thousands of e-books from trusted publishers across a broad range of academic subject areas including business, education, art, history, literature, medicine, science and the social sciences.

brary’s powerful research tools allow you to:
  • Browse for e-books by subject area;
  • Search by keyword across the full text of the collection;
  • Print and copy limited portions of text from e-books;
  • Download limited portions or entire books with a free personal account; and
  • Bookmarkhighlight and take notes with a free personal account.
View the ebrary Quick Start Guide to help you begin.

An overview of download options from the Ebrary Support Center includes instructions on downloading a specific chapter or page range to view on your computer; and downloading an entire document as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions.  You can also use Bluefire Reader or ebrary’s iOS app to view downloads on your iPhone or iPad. 

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) is a growing subscription package which contains a large selection of multidisciplinary e-book titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter.  Search the text for key terms or browse the table of contents and read a book online.

How do I view e-books from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) on my computer?

  1. Titles can be viewed in your browser by clicking the eBook Full Text link.
  2. You can download an e-book title from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) for offline reading by clicking Download on the search results page or from within the detailed record.
  3. Select your preferred checkout period and click on Checkout & Download.
  4. The e-book is then downloaded and viewable via Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.  This free software can be installed from the Adobe website if necessary.
How do I download e-books from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) to my compatible portable device?
  1. Download an e-book title from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) by clicking on the Download link on the search results page or from within the detailed record;
  2. Select your preferred checkout period and click Checkout & Download;
  3. Drag and drop the title icon to your portable device; then
  4. Read your e-book on your portable deviceIn order for a portable device to be used with e-books from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), it must be compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.
How do I learn more about eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)?

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