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Ebooks @ The University of Alabama: Downloading and Software

Highlights key e-book collections and provides information related to searching and downloading e-books.

Search for Ebooks Across Collections

Accessing e-books from Off-Campus

Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with The University of Alabama should log in using their MyBama credentials before accessing e-books in the major e-book collections and eReference from off-campus. If you have any problems with off-campus access, please contact E-Resources

E-book Formats


open e-book standard created by the Int'l. Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) with reflowable text, inline images, and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions


Amazon's proprietary DRM restricted format


document sharing format created in the early 90s with highly formatted content and ability to use DRM with Adobe Digital Editions


format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices; also used on Kindle


Sony's proprietary formats (LRF, LRS, LRX) superseded by Sony's acceptance of epub as the default format

Adobe Digital Editions

To download an e-book to your computer, you may need Adobe Digital Editions. This is not required to view the PDF in your browser.

E-Reader Software

There is a variety of software available for downloading, managing, and reading e-books. This list contains links to some software you might find useful.

Downloading and Printing Information

Most e-book platforms allow you to download and/or print at least some of an e-book. The four listed below are popular at the University of Alabama. Other platforms may have different downloading or printing allowances.

Collection Downloading Printing More Help
EBSCOhost In general, entire book A limited number of pages can be printed or saved EBSCO eBooks User Guide
Springer eBooks By chapter or entire book No page limit Full book downloading as pdf files
Proquest Ebook Central By chapter or entire book No page limit Download Guide
Wiley Online Library By chapter only Chapter by chapter, no page limit Downloading Wiley Ebooks

Accessing E-books on the EBSCO Platform

Many of the e-books purchased at The University of Alabama are accessible from the EBSCO platform.  EBSCO is a major e-book provider to academic libraries.  You can find additional information about EBSCO e-books from the EBSCO eBooks: For eBook Users Libguide