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What is an eBook?

It is a non-serial publication in electronic format, regardless of price or publisher. The University of Alberta Library has been e-book preferred since 2013, so this format is the default preference for all monographs whenever possible.


Please note that there are criteria for exceptions which can be found under the e-advanced tab. 

Ebooks are added to the collection via publishers’ platforms for example: Cambridge or Wiley or some via 3rd Party platform providers known as aggregators for example: ProQuest or EBSCO.

Most ebooks in our collection have unlimited simultaneous use and are downloadable.  

Explore this guide to learn how to find and use eBooks

eBook Advantages