Answered By: Jane Cooke
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2016     Views: 518

The library's e-books are primarily designed to be read on PCs, though they are increasingly becoming available to download on e-book devices and apps. Rather than using a dedicated e-book reader device we would suggest you use an iPad or other tablet, or alternatively use a laptop or netbook. Using a tablet, laptop or netbook gives you more flexibility.

For example, on a tablet you can use the free Kindle app to read Kindle e-books, the Bluefire app to read EPUB e-books (e.g. downloaded from ebrary or Palgrave Connect), and one of several free PDF reader apps to read PDF chapters downloaded from sites like SpringerLink.

A dedicated e-book reader is much more limited: it might only work with a specific file type, or with files purchased from a particular store. As PDF files can't be made to 're flow' on an e-book reader, you need to zoom in and move around the text, whereas on a tablet or laptop you can use a PDF reader app or software designed for just that.

Note that if you find an e-book on, say, the Kindle store, and the library has bought an e-book version of that book, it does not mean that you will be able to view the Kindle version of that e-book for free. The Library cannot licence e-books from Amazon, and Amazon does not know what e-books the Library has licensed from other suppliers.

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