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eBook Tips: Using eBooks

A guide to eBook platforms at SIUE, terms of use, and connecting with different devices and systems

Downloading Books

All of our eBook platforms will allow you to view titles online. Additionally, some will let you download the title in one format or another.

PDFs: Several eBook platforms allow you to download a PDF free of any restrictions. These include ENGnetBASE, Gale Virtual Reference Library, SpringerLink and Wiley Online Library. These can then be read offline or transferred to mobile devices

Adobe Digital Editions: eBooks on EBSCOhost and eBook Central allow you to download eBooks to Adobe Digital Editions. Books can then be read offline on your computer or transferred to compatible eReaders, where they will show up on your bookshelf. Adobe Digital Editions is installed on computers in the library, and you may obtain a free license at You can see a list of supported eReaders, including the Nook and Sony readers as well as selected iPad and Android apps, here:

Plain Text: Some providers, including Books@Ovid, allow you to export eBooks as plain text.

User Limits

Some eBook platforms limit the number of people who can view a book at the same time. This often varies from one title to another. If you attempt to view a book, you may see a message saying that it is in use and asking you to try again later.You are most likely to run into that at eBook Central, eBooks on EBSCOhost, and STAT!Ref.

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Juliet Kerico Gray
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