An introduction to eBooks
Our Major eBook Collections
Introduction to eBooks in the Auburn University Libraries (AULibraries)
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.