Your computer vs. dedicated e-readers, smart e-readers and tablets
This is a guide that will undoubtedly be growing, as e-readers, smart-phones and tablets proliferate.
Many e-books can be read offline using your computer as an e-reader, however we also started looking at how e-books and articles might be downloaded to with mobile e-reader models, especially those more popular models which are dedicated primarily to text (rather than hosting music, video or games) and those which did not "auto-download" or "auto-synch" your e-research with your e-reader, hence we started with Nook Simple Touch and Kindle as well as iPad. The guide will expand to include other devices, including those our community members would like to experiment with.
Note also that much of the information on these guides has been gleaned from the "Help" tutorials and "Frequently Asked Questions" section of the reader/provider website, so if the model you use is not covered by this guide, it may be just a few clicks away!
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Editions is primarily a Digital Rights Management (DRM) tool -- you will need to download ADE in order to be able to "check-out" many e-books to read them offline -- we suggest ADE over other e-reader management tools because it works with e-books checked out from our Ebsco e-books platforms as well as with books checked-out from your local library. Additionally, content which has been purchased/downloaded an .epub format (like from Project Gutenberg), you need to use ADE to get those books onto a NOOK device.
A note on the ADOBE ID PROMPT: Note: if you want to read "checked-out" books on a mobile device (not just on your computer) when you download ADE, you will want to also create an ADOBE ID -- this allows you you download the file to both your computer and to another device during the load period.
CLEAN FILE NAMES:
If you see that the file in your "downloads" folder has a strange name or has spaces or non alpha-numeric characters, you might consider opening the file from your download folder, and renaming it (while maintaining the final file extension), and saving it to your desktop (a) to have the filename make sense when you load it on to your mobile device (b) to lower the risk of your file being "unreadable" to your e-reader.
Public Library e-books Tutorials
e-book: Look, feel and pagination
Depending on how the book was "born" (print or digital), how the book displays may vary. Print books that have been scanned and formatted for HTML, epub or PDF may all look different in your e-reader. Note that digi-born e-books and Scanned-PDF books and articles will mostly keep the same pagination; some OCR-scanned copies may include a page number with the text (but even these are not entirely accurate). Consult your discipline's citation guide for how to cite pagination on an e-book.
Finding Library e-Resources
This guide is designed to help you transfer information to your e-reader, assuming you have already located your research materials.
NOTE: Not all e-books in our databases or in the e-book repositories will be available for download, some may only be available to read online.
Sample screenshots of our most popular e-book and article databases (which do allow some e-resources to be downloaded) are displayed below. For more information on finding e-research materials, please consult the LibGuides at the bottom of this box.
Project Gutenberg: Be sure to check the Bibrec to find the Edition, editor and or translator of a work. Scholarly research may favor a particular translator or edition over another.
"Download this ebook" is designed for reading the book on your computer or tablet -- not really a dedicated e-reader; note the caveats on the download screen:
if you want to export specific chapters as PDFs you can use the table of contents to find salient chapters and mail chapters to yourself in PDF format. (Note: the page limits for printing/emailing PDFS will change from Book to book; it will be posted on the interface when you go to the "email" link".)
If you add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to the list of approved senders for your Amazon/kindle (Personal Documents settings), you can email the chapter directly to your kindle account.
· How to Download an eBook to a Mac or Windows Computer Card http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6374
· How to Download an eBook to an iPad or Android Tablet Card http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6373
· How to Download an eBook to an iPhone, iPod or Android Phone Card http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6371
If your computer is incompatible with the version of PDF that the database offers, it may display the article in a special PDF display, use the download icon to obtain a version for you to transfer to your reader, or email a copy of the PDF to yourself.