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Electronic Books (ebooks)




Ebooks can also be searched for and accessed through WorldCat Local.

UI Library ebooks are made available through a number of different providers (see chart below). Each provider has a different interface; if you have questions or run into problems, please contact the Reference Desk.

 

Major E-Book Packages Available through the UI Library
Download to E-Reader
PDF
Digital Rights Management*
Max Simultaneous Users**
User account required***
Restricted to UI affiliates
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
No
No
No
N/A
2
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
1-5, depending on title
Only for downloads
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
No
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
No
No
N/A
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Unlimited
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (some titles)
Unlimited
No
Yes


* Digital Rights Mangagement (DRM) software prevents sharing of files with others and often imposes a time-limit for use; most current ebook DRM requires that books be read using Adobe Digital Editions (free download)

** Some ebooks (and other library-licensed electronic resources) allow only a pre-set number of users to access a resource at the same time

*** Some ebook platforms require a separate user account unique to the platform to use the resources and/or take advantage of certain features