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Information on using ebooks and e-readers like Kindles and Nooks


zoom capabilities of an ereader. Picture created by Flickr user Andrew Mason and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

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.

E-reader support from major ebook suppliers

ACS Symposium Series PDF, by chapterYesNo
EBL ebooks PDF and EPUBYesYes, requires Adobe Digital Editions
Ebooks on EBSCOhost PDF by pageSomeYes, requires Adobe Digital Editions
ebrary proprietaryNoSome limit copying and printing
Knovel Online Interactive Library PDF, by chapterYesNo
PsycBOOKS from APA PsycNET PDF, by chapterYesNo
Safari Books Online HTML and page imageVery fewDepends on publisher
ScienceDirect Ebooks PDF, by chapterYesNo
SpringerLink Ebooks PDFYesNo
Synthesis Lecture Series from Morgan and Claypool PDFYesNo


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