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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

Provider Format Download? DRM?
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 PDF Yes, for out of copyright books No
IEEE Xplore Digital Library PDF Yes No
Knovel Online Interactive Library PDF, by chapter Yes No
National Academies Press PDF 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 PDF Yes No
ScienceDirect PDF, by chapter Yes No
Springer ebooks, including Lecture Notes PDF Yes No
Synthesis Lecture Series from Morgan and Claypool PDF Yes No
Wiley ebooks PDF, by chapter Yes No