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What to do with your new e-reader? Downloadable ebooks


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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 PsycBooksPDF, by chapterYesNo
ebraryproprietaryNoSome limit copying and printing
KnovelPDF, by chapterYesNo
Ebooks on EBSCOhostPDF by pageSomeYes, requires Adobe Digital Editions
SafariHTML and page imageVery fewDepends on publisher
Synthesis Digital LibraryPDFYesNo