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describes search options on various platforms.

Searching electronic books: the many options.

Electronic books are in their infancy; therefore there are many alternatives for searching, and few comprehensive search solutions at this time.

         See our very brief VIDEO describing how to search in our electronic books using our e-book cluster search tool.

 

SEARCH THE FULLTEXT OF OUR BOOKS ... simultaneously across multiple platforms

   Our e-book cluster provides searching across many of our ebook platforms ... EBSCOhost ebooks, EBL ebooks, Hathi Trust (Google Books), American Dissertation Database fulltext materials ... and includes our local SXU ebook purchases.

  • After your results appear, select "eBooks" under the SOURCES category on the left to limit to our full text materials.
  • Use the Databases with Results facet at the bottom of the left column to narrow your results to any e-book platform.

 

SEARCH ONLY DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR EBOOKS ... AND A MILLION HATHI TRUST PUBLIC DOMAIN EBOOKS

   Electronic books purchased by SXU and our consortial partners: searching their metadata in the regular book catalog.

  • only searches the basic author, title, and subject headings. It does NOT search into the fulltext of the books.
  • includes over a million public domain ebooks scanned by the Google Books project
  • select Format of "Electronic" on the right to limit results to only ebooks.

     

SEARCH THE FULLTEXT OF BOOKS ... one platform at a time

   Searching into the full text of the books may be performed in separate ebook platforms, such as:

  • EBL (Electronic Book Library): Our primary ebook platform.  Keyword in-text searching. Results may be viewed online or downloaded.  Download requires an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions (or another ePub Reader app).
  • EBSCObooks -- using our listing by subject. Keyword in-text searching. Results may be viewed online or downloaded. Download requires an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions (or another ePub Reader app).


SEARCHING SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCES:

As a supplement to these ebooks, the following direct search options allow for searching fulltext words within millions of ebooks, a far more powerful and precise search option than searching just the author/title/subject keywords through our catalogs. Some items are freely available as public domain titles (creative commons, out of copyright, and/or government documents), while access to other items will require the purchase or borrowing from cooperating libraries.

HathiTrust maintains HathiTrust Digital Library. Since 13 October 2008, it preserves and provides access to material scanned by Google, some of the Internet Archive books, and some scanned locally by partner institutions. As of May 2010, it includes about 6 million volumes, over 1 million of which are public domain (at least in the US).

The Digital Library collection is found within the Internet Archive, which digitizes music, videos, and TV News, The database grows by over 1000 books a day, as well as mirrors books from Google Books and other sources. As of July 2014, it hosted over 8 million public domain books, which is far greater than the approximate 1 million public domain books at Google Books.

Google Books: Over a million "public domain" books from within this resource may be read online and are included in our library catalog. Many other books are searchable via Google Books, but only snippets may be viewed online ... one must use our regular book catalogs and perhaps ILL to obtain paper copies. This option allows for searching fulltext words within the books, a far more powerful and precise search option than just the author/title/subject keywords found using our catalogs.


DEEP SEARCHING OF CURRENT PUBLICATIONS ... we may not own these items.

You can also perform fulltext searching into thousands of recently published books using the Title Preview option on the ebrary platform.

NOTE: Once you have identified important titles using Title Preview, check for availability by performing an author/title search in our local book catalog ... followed by an I-Share search, and if necessary a WorldCat search ... placing a Borrow From Another Library option if we do not have a copy within our consortium.

Ebook features and options

Electronic books provide a variety of options, some familiar from paper books, and others unique to the electronic format.

Some options exist for all versions of ebooks - while some options only exist when you are using an online version (as opposed to downloading to a reader or workstation).

 

Enhanced options (using either downloaded or online access):

  •       Keyword searching,
  •       Highlighting, annotation, and bookmarking,
  •       Image expansion and manipulation,
  •       Sound and animation playback,
  •       Sharing with others.

 

Enhanced navigation options (when using online, NOT after downloading):

  •       Link to definitions of key words,
  •       Link to other works by the author,
  •       Link to related books by subject terms and categories,
  •       Link to other images of terms in the work,
  •       Highlight, annotate, and bookmark for later use,
  •       Copy-and-paste (but avoid plagiarism),

Dowloading ebooks

Electronic books can read read online or can be downloaded to local devices. Reading ebooks online provides readers with more powerful connections and links to related resources. Downloading makes reading possible when off-line. Both options allow for highlighting, printing, and bookmarking.

If you intend to download portions of ebooks you will need to have the appropriate software, which may differ depending upon the ebook platform. The instructions below should assist most readers in obtaining the basic software required.

1.  If you will be downloading an eBook, create an Adobe ID.  The programs required to read most of our eBooks will require you to connect an Adobe ID account before you can download anything.

2.  Download an appropriate reader program.  For PC or Mac, you will want Adobe Digital Editions.  This program is similar to Adobe Reader, with the addition of Digital Rights Management.  If you are using an iOS or Android device, try Bluefire eReader.  There are a number of other free ePub readers for Android as well, and ebrary has published an app for reading their ebooks.

3.  Search for an ebook, check it out, or download it.  Depending on the device, you can download directly, or download to your computer and transfer it to your device.

Audio Books

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. Most of the texts are from Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive hosts the audio files (for free!).

Public Library ebook updates

What's New With the Top 3 Ebook Vendors by Brandi Scardilli in Information Today (March 1, 2017)

  • a 14% decrease in ebook sales from 2014 to 2015 for trade publishers.
  • when it comes to usage in libraries the news is very different: In 2016, readers borrowed 21% more ebooks from OverDrive than they did in 2015.
  • So, on the surface, readers are buying less and borrowing more—and yet Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo (now Rakuten Kobo, Inc.) continue to release new e-readers and put effort into selling ebooks.
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