Dec. 29, 2011 – If you received an e-reader as a gift (or just purchased on yourself), you'd probably like to know if the Virginia Tech Libraries offer any ebooks that can be read on your device. We do, though our various ebook packages contain very little fiction/novels, and none offer downloads formatted specifically for e-readers (many do provide PDFs that can be read on most devices).
The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library does offer fiction ebooks through OverDrive. (They also have downloadable WMA and MP3 Audiobooks which are not available through the Virginia Tech Libraries.) Residents of Montgomery and Floyd counties are eligible to use this public library system, including students living in resident halls on campus. Students should take their Hokie Passport and proof of residence (a piece of mail received at current street address with a recent postmark, such as a utility bill, a bank statement, a lease agreement, or a copy of your campus housing form from VT that can be accessed through Hokie SPA) to the Blacksburg branch to register for a free library card.
Here's a chart listing the capabilities of several major e-reader devices. We do not provide support for loading ebooks onto your device.
Finally, here's a table listing many of our large ebook packages, whether they offer downloads (and in what format), and whether these downloads are restricted using DRM.
|APA PsycBooks||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|ebrary||proprietary||No||Some limit copying and printing|
|Knovel||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|Ebooks on EBSCOhost||PDF by page||Some||Yes, requires Adobe Digital Editions|
|Safari||HTML and page image||Very few||Depends on publisher|
|Synthesis Digital Library||Yes||No|
Sun, Dec 21: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Mon-Tues, Dec 22-23: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Wed, Dec 24: 7:30am - 12:00 noon
Thu-Thu, Dec 25 - Jan 1: Closed
Sun, Dec 21: Closed
Mon, Dec 22: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tues, Dec 23: 8:00am - 12:00 noon
Wed-Sun, Dec 24 - Jan 4: Closed
Sun-Thu, Dec 21 - Jan 1: Closed