eBooks are a great way to access books on the go. In the library, we subscribe to four eBook collections:
And an audiobook collection:
Further information about these collections can be found on each of their pages.
It is not necessary to make an account on a platform to use the ‘Read Online’ or ‘View eBook’ feature. However, creating an account does give you access to additional features such as bookmarking and highlighting.
It is always necessary to make an account to Download the eBook. You must also download and install Adobe Digital Editions a free third-party software program to read an eBook.
Advantages to Reading Online
When you are signed into your account you can make notes in the book, highlight sections, and save pages and chapters for permanent use (up to specific limits). You can also save books to your own bookshelf making them easy to find each time you visit.
Disadvantages to Reading Online
You must have access to the internet to read the book. Also, some books will become unavailable to Read Online when another person has them downloaded.
Advantages to Downloading
You can read/listen the book while you are offline.
Disadvantages to Downloading
When you download an eBook, your access is only temporary. Within EBSCO the loan is for 1 or 2 weeks. In ProQuest the loan can be up to 21 days. However, you can always download the eBook again.