SBU Libraries provides you with access to eBooks from a variety of publishers and online collections. All of our eBook titles are available for online access, but not all of them can be downloaded. Accessing an eBook online means that you do not have to download it in order to read it.
Any computer, eReader, mobile device, tablet or smartphone that has wi-fi or network capabilities and a web browser can access our eBooks online. A list of products includes:
An eBook Reader: A device designed primarily to read digital books. Here's a list comparing ebook readers which includes previews of readers in development. Guide to eBook Readers.
PDA's (Personal Digital Assistants): Includes smartphones/smart mobile devices. Examples: the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus S, iTouch, iPad, and BlackBerry. There are many apps available for downloading to smartphones to read books. Examples: Lexcycle Stanza (for iPhone), Aldiko, (for Android), Amazon Kindle(iPhone and BlackBerry) and Kobo's reader (for Android).
Computers: Including PC's, Macs, desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, etc. Many apps are available to download to read ebooks on computers. Examples: Reader Library Software and Adobe Digital Editions (PC and Mac); Lexcycle Stanza (Mac and PC); Ibis Reader (PC, Mac, and smartphones), and theBlio Reader (PC).
Different devices will accomodate varying types of ebook formats and ebook reader apps. For example, the Mobipocket file will display nicely on a PC and Kindle but not work on an iPad or Sony Reader.
Also, for an eBook reader device to display an eBook, both the file format and DRM must be compatible with the ebook reader. So, for example, an iPad can only view a book from Amazon protected with Amazon DRM if the Amazon Kindle app is installed on the iPad.
That said, there are usually work-arounds. Want to upload an ebook and it's not working? You may be able to convert format using software like Calibre. The discussion forums almost always have advice.
Portions of the text from the great guide created by the Auraria Library
Digital Rights Management (DRM): Technology that limits the use and duplication of copyrighted works. DRM may limit the number of times a file may be read, watched, or listened to; what type and number of devices the file may be used on, and whether or not a full or partial copy can be made of the file.
eBook File Formats:
Open Standard: file format that can be used by any company without paying royalties or licensing fees.
Proprietary: files format that can only be used by the creating company (example: Kindle), or, if that company permits, by third parties that have purchased a usage license.