e-books

Search for e-books using EBSCO Discovery Service

Search by topic and then limit your results to Source Type: e-books 

Search for e-books in the Library Catalogue

To search for e-books on your topic in the Classic Catalogue (NEOS), select 'Advanced Search' tab and then the following limits:

  • Library - choose: University of Alberta
  • E-resource type - choose: e-book

Privacy Concerns re: Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe has issued an update in response to privacy concerns & Adobe Digital Editions,  a commonly used software for handling the Digital Rights Management (DRM) of downloaded e-book files. Here's our advisory statement from October 2014.

Reading e-books

The academic e-book collections acquired by the UA Libraries are best read on a personal computer although some are downloadable and viewable on an e-book reader. While e-book readers are generally defined as electronic devices designed specifically for reading digital books (e.g. Sony Reader, Kobo, Kindle, nook), phones (e.g. iphone, Android phones) and tablets (e.g. ipad, Samsung Galaxy)  along with desktop computers and laptops are all examples of devices that, with the appropriate software or apps, can be used to read e-books.

While some UAL e-books are simply viewable on a computer's Web browser, others require software such as Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe Digital Editions is compatible with screen reading software JAWS, NVDA or Window-Eyes on Windows and VoiceOver on Mac. Windows-based screen reading software must be installed separately.

e-book Formats

An e-book is an electronic digital text similar in content to traditional print books, and sometimes restricted with a digital rights management (DRM) system. Most of UA Libraries' e-books are in epub and PDF format. Here's an overview of those formats along with a few others you might run into in epublishing:

  • pdf:  An Adobe product that is a document sharing format used for highly formatted content. It has the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) with Adobe Digital Editions.
  • epub: An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions
  • AZW & kf8: Amazon's propietary DRM restricted format and for use exclusively on the Kindle Reader. But Kindle apps have been developed for devices other than the Kindle reader so that AZW format files can also be opened on smartphones (iPhone, Android phones, and BlackBerry), computers (Mac and PCs), and tablets (iPad, Android tablets, and Windows 8 tablets). 
  • mobi A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.
  • lrf LRF, LRS, LRX are Sony's proprietary formats. They have been superseded by Sony's acceptance of epub as the default format in their e-book store.

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