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How-To Use eBooks

Reading, Downloading, and Printing

What are eBooks?

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   An eBook, electronic book,  E-Book; or Digital Book, is a digital version of a book.  It may have been published electronically at the same time as the printed edition or  it may be a digital copy made later by scanning the printed version.

  • The quickest way to use them is just to read them online.
  • Chapters or small sections can often be printed or downloaded fairly easily.
  • Downloading entire ebooks is sometimes possible (though you may need to set up an account and download Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire, or other). 
  • Many of our ebooks allow access by more than one person at a time.

eBooks at Wayne State University

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Do the WSU Libraries have eBooks?  Yes, the WSU Libraries have thousands of eBooks covering a variety of fields and topics. 

How do I find them?  eBook titles can be searched in the catalog where a link to the full text of the ebook will be available.  Users may also choose to go directly to one of our eBook collections where specific types of ebooks are grouped together.  We have collections of reference materials, technical manuals, early English books, and more. 

Do I need to set-up an account?  If you would like to download an eBook from an ebrary or EBSCO collection you will need to establish an account.  Other collections may also require and account, but there are no charges for these materials. 

Why can't I read the eBook, it says "in use."  Due to our licensing agreements with publishers, many of the eBooks in our collections are limited to one user at a time. Often you will be prompted to be placed on a hold list for the next available copy.

If you need more assistance with eBooks, please Ask a Librarian.