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FAQ: E-Books in General

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General Information

Electronic books are available in many different collections and readable in many different programs. This guide will help you navigate the collections in Briggs Library.

E-book Terminology

Adobe Digital Editions - A program specifically for books, it formats documents to read more like traditional paper books than electronic files. The program also acts as an electronic bookshelf allowing users to browse through book covers on the shelf.

Adobe Reader - A program available on computers and many handheld devices to read pdf (portable document format) files. Pdf files are designed to be readable no matter what device you are using.

BlueFire Reader - A program available for free that is used to read Ebsco ebooks on iOS and Android mobile devices.

DjVu Plugin - A plugin that works with your browser to show content of a specific document type. This is used with the Universal Digital Library and possibly others.

E-book - Shortened version of electronic book.

E-book Reader - A device meant to read electronic books such as the Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, or Sony Reader.

Ebsco E-book App - this app lets you search Ebsco e-books and download those Briggs Library has purchased onto your tablet or phone. Check the iTunes App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices. Kindle Fire and Nook HD owners, check this FAQ.

E-ink - A method of displaying text and graphics in black on a white background using ink rather than a backlit screen. This is said to be easier on the eyes but can't be read without a light source of some kind.

ePub Viewer - This is a viewer, often a browser add on that allows a browser to show the contents of a book in the ePub format. Some Ebsco ebooks are offered in this format. These Ebsco ebooks do not work in Internet Explorer versions 7 or 8.

Electronic Book - A somewhat nebulous term that refers to any "book" that is in electeronic form. The length can be a few pages to thousands and the format can be almost anything readable on some sort of electronic device.

Kindle - The E-book reader produced by Amazon.com. It comes in several models including one using e-ink, one in color, and a tablet (the Kindle Fire).

Nook - The E-book reader produced by Barnes and Noble. It comes in several models including those using e-ink, color models, and a tablet model.

Tablet - Small computers that don't come with attached keyboards but use touch screens with a displayed keyboard on the screen for typing. These devices can be used as a computer or as an e-reader.

Tablet computer - these are very small laptop style computers with keyboards attached.

Tiff Plugin - a plugin that works with your browser to show content of a specific document type. This is used with the Universal Digital Library and possibly others. Get the Tiff Plugin for Windows, Linux, or Mac.

 

New Reading App for Ebsco E-books

A new reading app from Ebsco allows users to search Ebsco e-books and download those that Briggs Library has purchased directly to their tablet. Kindle Fire and Nook HD owners can check out this FAQ on using the Ebsco E-book App.

IOS devices: Check the iTunes App Store

Android devices: Check Google Play

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