You may already be familiar with eBooks. Perhaps you’ve purchased the latest bestseller on your Kindle. Maybe you’ve downloaded a textbook from iBooks on to your iPhone. In the Library, you will find yourself bumping into some other brands that have set up special rules to allow students to borrow their eBooks. Over time, you’ll find yourself reading books from EBL, ebrary, EBSCO and other companies. But let’s deal with the basics first.
Finding eBooks in Search
Reading eBooks: Eat in or takeaway?
You can read an eBook on your computer screen, just as you would read a journal article. But what if you want to borrow the book, and read the whole thing on your tablet or phone? What if you want to download a book to read when you are not connected to the internet? Well, there are specific rules for different eBook providers. Not all eBooks are available to download and read offline. That’s why you’ll find comprehensive instructions on the eBooks Library Guide.
However, it is pretty easy to download eBooks from the major providers: EBL, ebrary and EBSCO. You’ll need to grab the app called Bluefire Reader (available for iOS and Android). You’ll also need to create a free Adobe ID in order to login to the app. On your tablet or phone, find the Library and search for the book you want. If an option to download is available, your eBook should automatically open in your Bluefire Reader. Ta da!
But of course, sometimes it’s just not that simple. If you run into any trouble, please don’t forget to ask a librarian, or Ask Monash. We are always here to help you find better ways to use all the amazing online resources we have in the Library.