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This guide, created by the librarians at UMBC, goes over how to find and use eBooks.
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015 URL: http://law.umaryland.libguides.com/ebooks Print Guide RSS Updates

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Readers

For academic work, the Library recommends using laptop or desktop computers for extensive use of ebooks beyond simply reading them.

  • You can view/read an ebook on any computer, including public computers in the TMLL Library.
  • To check out and download an ebook you will need to download to a laptop or personal computer.
  • Downloading ebooks to a laptop or desktop can facilitate use on ereaders and is necessary when format conversion is required to read an ebook on an ereader.
  • Downloading to a flashdrive - you cannot download a TMLL ebook title to a flashdrive, however you can download the link to the book you have checked out.
  • Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required to download EBL ebooks for reading offline and for transferring books to e-readers (please note this is not the same as Adobe Acrobat Reader).  The list of Adobe Digital Editions supported devices is here.
 

eBook Devices

ProviderAdobe Digital Editions (ADE) Apple ProductsKindleNookSony Digital ReaderAndroid
EBSCO yes yes no yes yes yes
EBL yes yes yes yes yes yes
Springer yes yes yes yes yes yes
 

iPad

Must convert common formats through iTunes or from email messages.

    1. Download ebooks into iTunes Book Library
      • Open iTunes.
      • If iTunes does not automatically detect the ebooks select File> Add File to Library and then select the ebook file or manually drag the file to the Books folder in iTunes.
    2. Connect devices to computer and sync with iTunes
      • Using the correct cable connect device to your computer.
      • Select the desired settings for syncing and then apply changes.
    3. View ebooks on device
      • ebooks should be available for viewing in the iBooks application shelf.
    4. View PDFs
      • Your device can also view PDF files accessed either through email or online.
      • The PDF will open automatically and give the option to view in iBook.
 

Nook

Nook reads PDF, EPUB. Convert HTML using Calibre software which is useful for converting ebook formats. It can also be used to organize and access your saved ebooks.

NOTE: The instructions for downloading PDFs onto the Nook are very similar to those for Apple devices

    1. Connect the ereader to computer
    2. Select the PDF version of the book desired
    3. Save the PDF in the "My Documents" folder of your ereader (your ereader should show up in "My Computer")
    4. After disconnecting the ereader, open the PDF in the ereader

HINTS: On the Nook selecting a different font size or font type may make reading the PDF easier.

  • To read Overdrive format, first install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your desktop computer (Mac or Windows).
  • Use it to download the books (the download link will start ADE).
  • Plug in your nook and use ADE to "authorize" it (the first time only).
  • Drag the book cover onto the nook (on left side of ADE). Eject the nook and the book will appear under "My Documents".
 

Kindle

Kindle reads PDF, TXT, HTML, and the Amazon proprietary format AZW.

NOTE: The instructions for downloading PDFs onto the Kindle are very similar to those for Apple devices

    1. Connect the ereader to computer
    2. Select the PDF version of the book desired
    3. Save the PDF in the "My Documents" folder of your ereader (your ereader should show up in "My Computer")
    4. After disconnecting the ereader, open the PDF in the ereader

HINTS: On the Kindle you can select the orientation and magnification to make reading a PDF easier by using the text key.

  • Does not read EPUB, which is a serious drawback for academic use of the Kindle.
  • Calibre software (available free on the Web) can convert non-DRM (i.e. not protected by Digital Rights Management software which blocks conversion) EPUB files into Mobipocket (MOBI) format readable by Kindle.
 

Sony Reader

Sony Reader reads PDF, EPUB, RTF, TXT. Supplied software converts HTML.

    • Connect the Sony Reader to the computer.
    • Power ON: Slide the Power switch to the right and release quickly.
    • Open "My Computer."
    • Go to the Settings drive and run "Setup reader library for Windows."
    • Install Reader Library by Sony.

Procedure for downloading an ebook from Springerlink:

      • Register for an account
      • Download the desired ebook. You may need to download individual sections separately.
      • Save a copy to the Reader drive on your computer, renaming the file with a title you choose (the default is "full-text").
      • Disconnect the Reader from your computer to view the book.

WiFi - download ebooks from the Sony Reader Store using a WiFi connection

    • Slide the WiFi switch at the bottom of the reader and connect to the respective Wi-Fi connection.
    • You will see a WiFi connection symbol at the bottom left of your Reader screen.
 

Android

  • EBSCO titles
    • At some point during the process you will need to log into your UMB account using your UMB NetID and password.
    • EBSCOhost has created a mobile app for Android (you'll only have to download this once).
      • To access the app from the Library homepage, click on the Databases tab and enter EBSCOhost, then click the "Find Databases" button.
      • Click on the "eBook Collection (Ebsco)" link.
      • Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for "New: EBSCOhost iPhone and Android Applications" and click on it.
      • Follow the instructions to download the app.
    • Create an EBSCOhost user name and password, or log in if you have already created them (these are not UMBC logins).
    • Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your desktop computer (Mac or Windows) you will have to create an Adobe username and password as well.
    • Download the Bluefire Reader app
    • Log into the TMLL Library Catalog and find the book you want to check out.
    • If the book is available you have the option to check it out for from 1-7 days.
    • The book will remain available on your reader until the due date when the DRM link will be broken.
  • EBL titles
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