Using e-books guide
E-Books at UNCG's University Libraries encompass all books that are available in digital format. You don't need a Kindle, Nook, i-Pad or smart phone to read our e-books. They can be accessed on your laptop or desktop computer. Some of our e-books can be downloaded to your computer, and some enable you to email yourself chapters for future reading. While some of our e-books allow just one reader at a time, others can be accessed simultaneously by multiple users. This guide will show you how to find the hundreds of thousands of e-books at the University Libraries and give you tips on their use.
- Try the e-book only search box, but note, e-books are also in our library catalog. Google Books also is a way to discover e-books, then see if our library has access.
- Use the e-book collections A-Z tab, to explore specific e-book packages.
- Review the comparison chart tab to discover more information on our top 5 most heavily used e-books platforms.
- Got a question? You can always Ask Us! Chat with iMinerva on every page.
Search for Books, DVDs, and More
To find ebooks available to us, do a search in the catalog tab, then limit on the left side under Format by checking the box next to ebooks:
E-books general formats
An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
Amazon's propietary DRM restricted format.
A document sharing format created in the early 90s. It is best for highly formatted content and has the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.
LRF, LRS, LRX are Sony's proprietary formats. They have been superseded by Sony's acceptance of epub as the default format in their ebook store.
Google Books Search
Google Books offers full-text searching of millions of books. Some of these are freely available. Others may be available in print or electronic format in the University Libraries.