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eBook Reading Devices: What are eBooks

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What is an eBook?

Electronic books are book length publications in a digital form.  They contain text, images, or both, and are produced on, published through, and are readable on electronic devices and computers.  Electronic books can offer an online alternative to a printed book but are just as likely to have been born digital without a printed equivalent.  E-Books are usually read on e-book readers but can also be read on personal computers, tablets and some mobile phones.

What is DRM?

Digital rights management (DRM) is a class of access control (exerting control over who can interact with a resource) technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to limit the use of digital content and devices after sale.

Can a UCI Library eBook be used on my device?

Using a UC Irvine Library eBook on your device depends on a number of factors. 

  • What format is the eBook?  Is it .TXT, .PDF or ePub?  Also be aware of what you can download; is it a chapter, a selection, or the whole book?
  • What format(s) does your device accept? 
  • If the book isn't in the correct format for your device, can it be converted using one of the eBook conversion applications that are available (check the Apps & Software tab for examples).

If the eBook is in the correct format (or can be converted to the correct format) for your device then there is a good chance that you will be able to transfer it to your device.  Check your user guide for more information.

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