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eBooks @ Reynolds Libraries

Discover how to find, access, and use eBooks available at Reynolds Libraries

What are eBooks?

eBooks are digital versions of books, delivered online.

For-profit companies provide digital books at a cost. These cost money, either to the user (like Kindle books purchased though Amazon) or to the college or university providing them.

Examples:

The collections of eBooks provided by Reynolds Libraries are purchased from for-profit companies by the college for use by students, faculty and staff.

Non-profit organizations also provide digital books at no cost to the end user. They may get their funding from foundations, colleges and universities, or federal, state and local governments.

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Using eBooks

The Reynolds Libraries provides access to a variety of eBook database collections that come from different eBook vendors.

Search:

  • Most of our eBooks can be searched in our library catalog along with the print books.
  • eBooks can also be searched separately using the library's eBook databases.

Access and read:

  • Online. Read these in your browser, whether that is on your desktop computer or a mobile device. Most of the titles offer this option. Some offer a mobile-optimized website or mobile app.
  • Download. Download to PDF, then print or view offline. Some require Adobe Digital Editions for offline viewing.
  • Copy/paste and print. Some vendors offer unlimited printing, and some set percentage limits on books. Remember to attribute what you copy, and only print what you really need.
  • Temporary download/borrow. Some books can be borrowed for a short time and transferred to a device. After their loan expires, they cannot be used and must be downloaded again.

Use books on the go. Each vendor works differently, as does each mobile device.

  • Transfer to Device. Some books can be transferred to a mobile device and used for a period of time.
  • Device browser (full web or mobile). Large screen tablets like iPads are big enough to be used for reading on the full website. Some vendors offer a mobile-optimized website for smaller screens.
  • Download directly to device.
  • App. Some vendors offer a native app to help with the discovery, download and reading of eBooks. Not all vendors or devices are supported, however.