An eBook is a book whose text is available electronically, and found online. eBooks can be read online on a computer screen, or downloaded and transferred to an e-reader.
(Definition: e-book, n. OED, 3rd edition, September 2001; online version June 2012.)
Most eBooks allow the following functions:
For information about engineering eBook resources, view our overview of eBook collections here.
The free software and apps listed below will allow you to download eBooks and/or eBook chapters onto your computer or mobile device so they can be read offline.
Adobe ID: required for downloading eBooks onto Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Reader, and Bluefire Reader
Adobe Digital Editions: required for downloading eBooks onto computers. Supports PDF and EPUB formats.
More information can be found from their website FAQ. Adobe Digital Editions has compiled a list of eReaders compatible with their software.
Adobe Reader: required for viewing PDFs of book chapters. Can annotate and highlight pages.
Apps for mobile devices:
Bluefire Reader: required for downloading eBooks onto iOS (iPad, iPhone) and Android devices. eBooks will expire after a certain date, as determined by information provider/publisher.
Can be downloaded for iPad/iPhone and Android devices.
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