Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ebook News

Some of you have noticed that Netlibrary has disappeared/changed.  Don't worry, this is a good thing.  The Netlibrary collection has been taken over by Ebsco.  So, now, it's called "eBooks on EBSCOhost." 

You can still get to the ebooks either by going through the library catalog or by going directly to the eBooks on EBSCOhost link on the library site.  Give it a try--if you are used to some of the other Ebsco databases like Academic Search, the interface will be familiar.

The new interface is quite an improvement over Netlibrary, we think.  And, a new added bonus is that these ebooks can now be downloaded, either to your computer, or many of the portable ereaders (sorry, apparently, the Kindle is still too proprietary to work at this point--maybe sometime soon).  In order to download ebooks, you will need to register an account with Ebsco.  This is a free, one-time registration.  The downloads are PDF files that require Adobe Digital Editions (free download with a link from Ebsco).  You may also still view the book on the screen without downloading it.

Please give the new interface a try and let us know how it goes.  And, remember, we get ebooks from several other vendors (though Ebsco is by far the largest), so the interfaces, download capabilities, etc. will differ between those various vendors.  Most all of the ebooks have records loaded in the main library catalog, so that is probably the best way to access them.

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