Answered By: Bryna Coonin
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014     Views: 56

Technically, the answer to that question is no.  ECU Libraries does have some Kindles for loan and these have titles pre-loaded on them but we not purchase ebook titles for our collection with the intention that patrons can download them to a particular ebook reader, as there are too many types of e-readers to adequately keep up with all of them. The e-books we purchase are intended to be read on a desktop computer/tablet from the browser or as a download to a desktop/tablet.

There are some exceptions to this. Ebooks are hosted on various online platforms, and the functioning of each platform is unique. For instance, titles hosted on the NetLibrary platform look and behave different from Ebrary titles.  Also, some of these platforms require a software download to read the book. If you have an e-reader, smartphone, or other device that doesn’t support that software download you won’t be able to read the book on that device. Many ebooks work more simply and are readable in an internet browser. If your device supports a browser, you may be able to read the book that way.  Another option is to read the book in .pdf format. If your reader supports .pdfs you may be able to view the book on your device.

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