Ebooks (short for electronic books) are digital versions of print books.
This guide will assist you in using commercial ebooks that you find via Library Search.
Ebooks are available from a number of sources:
The most common way is:
This guide is designed to help you with different ebook platforms and their different rules.
There are instructions for some (though not all) of the most common platforms on the Ebook platforms tab (hover over the tab to get a drop-down menu).
For information on ebooks on iPad, Kindle, and Android devices, have a look at the Ebooks on mobile devices tab.
Different ebook publishers specialize in different subject areas.
This means that the library acquires ebooks from a number of different publishers and vendors. And often these vendors have different policies on Digital Rights Management.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems control how digital content is used. These systems are set by the vendor or publisher, and determine things like:
This guide is indebted to Genevieve Sey's report Use of ebooks and the University of Adelaide Library, completed as part of ARTS2001, Arts Internship, 2013.