Download Adobe Digital EditionsMoving items to an eReader via Adobe Digital EditionsSharing a copy of Adobe Digital EditionsAdobe Digital Editions Compatible E-Readers and Software
Previewing an EBL titlePreviewing an Ebrary titlePreviewing an EBSCO eBook title
Downloading eBooks from EBLDownloading eBooks from EbraryDownloading eBooks from EBSCO eBooksDownloading eBooks from Springer eBooks
Full text searching within EBL's eBook CollectionFull text searching within Ebrary's eBook collectionFull-text searching within EBSCO's eBooks collectionFull text searching within Springer's eBook collection
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An introduction to eBooks

Our Major eBook Collections 



EBSCO eBooks


Introduction to eBooks in the Auburn University Libraries (AULibraries)

You can find eBooks in our catalog just like you would find print books and they may show up in the results of a general search. The record will contain a note alerting you to their electronic format - you can limit seaches to only look for eBooks. Note that a search in the catalog only looks for your words in the catalog record (author, title, etc), not in the text of the book. You can download the book, transfer it to your reader or device and take it with you! (A free download of Adobe Digital Editions will be required).  Most eBooks have a “checkout period” wherein the file has a built-in “kill switch” that disables the content when the checkout period expires.
With print books you can only find a book by title, author, subject, etc., pull it from the shelf, and then hope it addresses your question, but with ebooks you can look for given words or phrases within the book collection's full-text content from a given eBook provider. Further, some vendors allow you to copy and paste content from the preview, the download, or both!  This is not intended to encourage plaigiarism, but as a replacement for photocopying pages from physical books.
To search the full-text our largest eBook collections (EBL, Ebrary, EBSCO eBooks, and Springer) you will need to do separate searches, one in each eBook platform - remember, eBook searches in the regular library catalog only search the catalog record (author, title, etc.) - not the entire text of the book. Full-text searching has to be done separately in each vendor's collection.  We have several major eBook providers in addition to dozens of smaller ones that are more narrow in their topical focus. We also have some eBooks that are standalone titles, that is, not part of any vendor package and they will be discoverable through our catalog. 
  • Do you want to "borrow" the ebook?  While you can preview and use an eBook for a brief period online, you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to your personal computer to checkout/download most AULibraries eBooks to use offline on your computer or to transfer to an eReader. The Adobe Digital Editions tab at the top of this guide has detailed instructions for downloading ADE and using it to download and transfer eBooks. It functions as a go-between to move downloaded eBooks from your computer to your device via a USB connection.  Adobe Digital Editions will sync to your eReader device when you plug it into a USB port.  At this time, eBooks from EBL, Ebrary, and EBSCO can't be downloaded/checked out from AULibraries public computers since the download must stay with the copy of Adobe Digital Editions it is downloaded to and is only transferrable to the devices synced to that copy's authorized Adobe ID. You can use the short-term preview on AULibraries workstations for browsing a title and cut/pasting/printing a limited amount of content. Once the download term expires the download is disabled and you will receive a message telling you the title has expired if you attempt to open it.

  • Are you using the eBook for research, hoping to find sections or chapters in a book that deal with a given topic as you might use a journal article?  If so, you can keyword search an entire eBook collection’s full text content from a given vendor’s platform.  You can use the content online for a short period during the preview without downloading the title.  This can be done from your own computer or from the AULibraries computer workstations. 

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