The 24-7 Virtual Bookshelf @ your WSU Libraries
- For assistance in reading an EBL, eBrary, or EBSCO Ebook Collection ebook online via the Web, look [TBA]
- For assistance in downloading ebooks to a desktop or laptop using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), see the Downloading Ebooks Using Adobe Digital Editions tab in this guide.
- For assistance with reading an ebook using Adobe Digital Editions on a desktop or laptop, see [TBA].
- For assistance in downloading an ebook that uses ADE to a digital device (i.e. nook, smartphone, or tablet) see [TBA].
- For an explanation of what this Adobe Digital Editions thing is all about anyway (including stuff about digital rights management (DRM) and ebook file formats), look here.
To narrow a search to show just ebooks in WSU WorldCat, once you have searched your topic (i.e. atlantic salmon) look under the Format filter in the left-hand menu bar, and then select the "ebook" option. Some ebooks are HTML books or freely downloadable online books; others (especially those from vendors such as EBL, eBrary or EBSCO Ebook Collection) require the use of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software to download and read an ebook offline becasue the books are wrapped in digital rights management coding to regulate loan periods and prevent piracy.
Note: In many cases, you will have more functionality reading your book on-screen than you will if you download it and read it offline on your desktop/laptop or (if it's even an available option) on a digital device such as an ereader, smartphone, or tablet. That is especially true for ebooks that are in the PDF format instead of EPUB format.
Finding ebooks within a specific ebook provider database if for some reason you wanted to (all of these are also findable using WSU WorldCat as noted above):
- If you just want WSU-owned EBL books, you can search the EBL ebook collection database directly here ; you can also search just the Summit group-owned EBL ebooks here. You cannot serach both collections together, but all EBL titles are included in WSU WorldCat, as noted above.
- You can search the Ebrary ebook collection database directly here.
- You can search the EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) ebook collection database directly here.
Most of the ebooks in these collections are scholarly ebooks in PDF or EPUB format that use Adobe Digital Editons (ADE) digital rights management . They can be read on-screen or downloaded and read using your desktop/laptop or certain ereaders and/or ereading apps. See the Devices and Reading Apps tab for more information on this. Note: most of WSU Libraries ebooks are in PDF format; a few are in EPUB. EPUB ebooks will work well on a computer or any (non-Kindle (with the exception of the Kindle Fire)) ADE-compliant ereader or app, however the PDFs do not work well on anything but a computer or laptop, or a tablet such as an iPad (on an ereader or a smartphone they tend to swim around like reading microfiche...). However, vendors (such as ebrary) may allow you to download a chapter or page sequence in "regular" PDF format that you will be able to retain in perpetuity.
Getting an ebook in WSU Worldcat
example: Atlantic Salmon Ecology - to get to the ebook, click on the link that says WSU all campuses online access (in some cases the link may say the name of the book instead), and follow the instructions. See the Downloading Ebooks Using Adobe Digital Editions tab in this guide for more information.