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Engineering eBooks at U of T

What is an eBook?

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:

  • Chapter searches by clicking through the table of contents (TOC)
  • Keyword searches, which will highlight the pages where the word(s) appear
  • Browsing the eBook online
  • Downloading a certain number of pages as a PDF, as determined by the publisher
  • Printing a certain number of pages, as determined by the publisher 
  • Highlighting text and creating notes on the e-pages
  • Downloading the whole book for a certain length of time to Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader (on mobile devices)

For information about engineering eBook resources, view our overview of eBook collections here.

eBook Software Requirements

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.

Account requirements:
Adobe ID: required for downloading eBooks onto Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Reader, and Bluefire Reader
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Software:

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.
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Apps for mobile devices:

Adobe Reader: required for viewing PDFs of book chapters. Can annotate and highlight pages.
Can be downloaded for iPad/iPhone and Android 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.