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E-readers and E-books Collection Guide   Tags: ereader, guide  

This guide describes the various eReaders on the market and how to use them with the eBooks collections available at the Mardigian Library and those available via the Internet.
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What are eBooks?

An e-book (short for electronic book, also written eBook or ebook) is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes protected with a digital rights management system. E-books are usually read on personal computers or smart phones, or on dedicated hardware devices known as e-book readers or e-book devices. Many mobile phones can also be used to read e-books.  [from wikipedia]

Read: "eReaders: Are They Redefining The Future Of Reading?" by Laptop Magazine (24 Mar 2010)

Read: "Digital Books And Your Rights : A Checklist For Readers" by EFF (Feb 2010)

Read: "The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading" article by Matthew Shaer (21 Dec 2009)

Read: "Slow Rise of ebooks" article by Arnaud Pellé (Oct 2009)


eBook Formats

It also compares the the features and functions of each.

Apple iPad


Amazon Kindle


Sony eReader


Barnes & Noble Nook


eBook Tips

  • You do not have to download eBooks to your computer in order to read them. You can read eBooks online at anytime without downloading the book or Adobe Digital Editions. (Click "View this eBook.") Downloading eBooks is recommended for users who want to read an eBook while offline, or for users who want to transfer an eBook to an eBook reader device.
  • Adobe Digital Editions is for use with NetLibrary only. Other databases containing eBooks may not be available for download.
  • Not all eBook readers are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. Click here for a list of compatible devices.

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Types of eReaders

Which eReader to buy?

The answer entirely depends upon the use to which the device will be put.  Ideally, an eReader should be ePub (with Adobe Digital Editions DRM) compatible and not reliant on a single content provider.  

The Apple iPad is not actually an eReader, in that it does not use "e-ink" technology.  However, it is being marketed as a reading device.  We believe that it is more suited to reading academic sources, textbooks and magazines than it is to the sustained reading of novels.




Kobo eReader


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