There are three ways of finding ebooks in the Library: through SUMMON, the Library discovery system, in the Online Catalog, and in the Databases (listed below). Please note that not every e-book available to you is catalogued in the Online Catalog, so check all resources. A list of freely available e-books are provided below.
To browse eBooks in Summon, click on "Advanced" next to the single search bar and limit "Content Type" to "Book/eBook."
Then, type in your keywords in the search bars above and click "Search."
Or, just type in your search in the simple Summon search bar and choose "Book/eBook" on the left hand filter.
When you see an eBook in the results list, click on "Full Text Online" and you will be linked out into the database where you can access the eBook.
To browse eBooks in the catalog, click on the "All Limits" button on the lower right corner of the red search box, then click on "E-books" in the "Location" list. Click "Set Limits" and begin searching.
Here is an example of an eBook record in the catalog. Note that the location says "INTERNET." Just click the link provided to access the eBook.
Each eBook database allows you to read the full-text eBook within the database interface on most desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Most eBooks are navigable by a Table of Contents, usually found on the left hand side of the screen. For full functionality (annotating, highlighting, bookmarking etc.), you will need to create a separate account with each database.
Keep in mind that some platforms don't allow you to download the entire eBook file to your computer. Some allow for chapter by chapter downloads or sending a chapter via email (Ebrary lets you do this).
If you wish to download an eBook in EBSCO (link below) you will need to download Adobe Digital Additions to your home computer. Note: Adobe Digital Additions is not available on the Library's computers. EBSCO will only allow you to save or email up to 6 pages of an e-book at one time.
If you have trouble navigating any e-book platform, please contact the reference desk at 813-257-3057 or come visit us in person.
Not yet. Although the Kindle can read .pdfs if you save them from the database and then upload them to the Kindle.
(NOTE: Many free works are available as .PDFs. To get a .PDF document on your Kindle, first save the document to your computer. Then, connect your computer and Kindle with the USB cable and save the documents to the Kindle.)