March 31, 2013 – None of our ebooks require using an e-reader device like a Kindle or Nook; at a minimum these ebooks can be read through your web browser. However, using ebooks on such a device or corresponding app on an iPad or Android tablet allows using their features, including bookmarking, zooming, and adding annotations.
Few of our ebook platforms provide their ebooks in an e-reader-ready format (EPUB or Mobi), though the number is increasing. Many platforms use PDFs, which can be used on most devices. If the platform uses Digital Rights Management (DRM), you may need to go through extra steps to get the ebook to work on your device.
Note that the majority of our ebooks are not novels or other works of fiction; the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library does provide these kinds of ebooks.
The Virginia Tech Libraries does not provide support for transferring ebooks to your device.
|ACS Symposium Series||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|EBL ebooks||PDF and EPUB||Yes||Yes, requires Adobe Digital Editions|
|Ebooks on EBSCOhost||PDF by page||Some||Yes, requires Adobe Digital Editions|
|ebrary||proprietary||Some||Some limit copying and printing|
|Gale primary source and literary databases||PDF and images||Yes||No|
|HathiTrust Digital Library||Yes, for out of copyright books||No|
|IEEE Xplore Digital Library||Yes||No|
|Knovel Online Interactive Library||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|National Academies Press||Yes, requires free registration||No|
|PsycBOOKS from APA PsycNET||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|Safari Books Online||HTML and page image||Very few||Depends on publisher|
|SAGE Research Methods||Yes||No|
|ScienceDirect||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|
|Springer ebooks, including Lecture Notes||Yes||No|
|Synthesis Lecture Series from Morgan and Claypool||Yes||No|
|Wiley ebooks||PDF, by chapter||Yes||No|