This guide will provide an overview of e-books and will examine the e-book collections accessible through Bishop Library.
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An e-book or electronic book is a "digital file containing a body of text and images suitable for distributing electronically and displaying on-screen in a manner similar to a printed book."
e-book. (2012). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.lvc.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1235205/e-book
E-books come in various formats, depending upon the publisher or provider of the e-book. Some formats are industry standards (ePub, PDF) while others may be proprietary to a specific company (MOBI - Amazon Kindle).
To learn more about e-book formats, go to: http://ebookarchitects.com/conversions/formats.php
The library subscribes to general e-book collections, such as Ebook Central (formerly Ebrary Academic Complete) and EBSCO eBooks, that cover a wide-range of subject areas. The library also has access to specialized e-book collections through online databases such as:
Click on the tabs above to learn more about the different e-book collections that you can access through the library. Most collections will allow you to print and/or download to PDF sections or pages from the e-books. Ebook Central also offers downloading of entire e-books for up to a 21 day loan (not supported for Kindle e-readers).
Digital Rights management (DRM) is used to control access to copyrighted digital materials such as printing, copying and sharing.
So, if an e-book has DRM protection, you may need an additional piece of software, such as Adobe Digital Editions, to be able to view the protected e-book on your e-reader or other mobile device.
To learn more about Digital Rights management, go to: http://ezproxy.lvc.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1055407/digital-rights-management-DRM