Answered By: Matt Thompson
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2022     Views: 97

The library purchases ebooks on a wide variety of ebook publishing platforms. The ebooks may look very different, but they share similar functionality. 

You can generally read ebooks online, download an extract as a PDF, or download the whole book to read offline using an ereader on a computer, tablet or mobile device. You can navigate ebooks using the table of contents, index, or a keyword search.  You can also turn or scroll through the pages, and resize the text, making it bigger or smaller. 

Most ebooks allow you to copy, print and download, but there may be restrictions on this, called digital rights management or DRM. Many ebook platforms also allow you to create an account, which then lets you highlight text, add bookmarks and notes. 

For more information, this video will discuss how to use ebooks [20 minutes]. It's covers how to find ebooks, ebook publishing platforms, restrictions on the use of ebooks (digital rights management), how to read ebooks online, how to download ebooks and read them offline using an ereader, how to make ebooks more accessible, and open access ebooks.  It features examples using Ebook Central, Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe Reader.

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