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Ebooks (or electronic books) are the online equivalent of printed books. They can be read on personal computers, smart phones, tablets or ereaders.

Like the physical books, the ebooks that the library subscribe to are free to use.

This guide will help you access the Library's growing collection of ebooks and make use of the various features and functions they offer.


Why use an ebook?

There are a number of potential benefits to using ebooks; some of these are yet to be realised in practice.

  • access - 24 hour availability (in many cases).

  • portability - may be accessible using a desktop PC and/or mobile devices.

  • may support accessibility, eg through text to speech functions or the ability to resize text.

  • flexible delivery, eg the ability to link to a book directly from iLearn.

  • features like hyperlinking and the inclusion of multimedia offer the potential for user interactivity.

  • most important of all, the ebooks that the library subscribe to are free to view online or download to read offline.