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eBooks at UTAS Library: Welcome

eBooks at UTAS

The library collection contains over 270,000 eBooks covering a wide range of subjects.

The library has an ePreferred policy which aims to provide as much content as possible in electronic forms.

eBooks come in a variety of:

  • Formats
  • Platforms
  • User models

eBooks can be downloaded and read on computers, via eReaders, or other mobile devices. See eReader Apps & Software tab.

Why use an eBook?

  1. 24/7 access.
  2. Convenient. No need to physically collect them from the Library.
  3. Access from anywhere.
  4. You can search text within the book.
  5. They're fine free!
  6. eBooks can link out to related content.
  7. Portable. Take an eBook with you wherever you go.

Introduction to Guide

ebookWelcome to the UTAS Library guide to eBooks. This guide will help you to find, search, and download electronic books for use in your studies. It will also direct you to information about eReader software and how to upload eBooks to eReaders.

Why aren't all eBooks the same?
Like journals, eBooks are provided by different publishers. Each publisher has different requirements - Digital Rights Management (DRM) - for how the eBooks can be used. Ways in which DRM can vary: 

  • The number of users who can use eBook at the same time. 
  • If an eBook can be downloaded or read online. 
  • How much of an eBook can be printed or copied. 
  • On what devices eBooks can be read. 
  • You may need to create a login for the publisher website to access extra eBook features. 

See Reading eBooks tab for further details regarding DRM. 

Also, some ebooks are e-textbooks. The e-textbook status is usually set by publishers on the basis that these titles are used as textbooks at some institutions around the world. These e-textbooks may include interactive online learning activities and assessments such as quizzes. Often these interactive e-textbooks are designed to be sold to individual students only and are not for library purchase.