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What are ebooks?

An ebook is a book in digital format that consists of text, images or both. Some ebooks may also contain interactive content. They can be read online on a wide variety of  compatible computers or mobile devices anywhere or anytime.

Benefits of ebooks include:

  • Access anytime and anywhere.
  • Saves paper and space.

What are etextbooks? Are they different from ebooks?

Etextbooks are textbooks in digital format and can vary. There are two types:

  • a basic form of screen-rendered copies of print textbooks with static text and no interactive learning (for example a pdf version of print texts)
  •  more complex etextbooks which include enhanced interactive learning activities and online assessment such as quizzes;  Allow flexible delivery of materials such as part of a book directly from iLearn;  Interaction with text such as highlight, bookmark and rearrange text.

Finding ebooks in MultiSearch

1.Enter your keywords for your topic in MultiSearch. Click the search icon.

2.When your results display go to the "Resources type" menu on the left to scroll down to tick 'books". Select "apply filters".

3.Next go to Subject (also on the left) and choose "electronic books"

subject with electronic books ticked


Alternatively ebooks can be found in MultiSearch by choosing 'database by title"

databaseByTitle above multisearch bar

Then look at the 'database by category' link and scroll down to "electronic books service'

databases by category

This will provide a list of all ebook databases in our collection. You can search for ebooks directly within these databases.