E-Book Information for Faculty
- Choice – many solutions exist for reading text electronically, including viewing on computers, tablets, e-readers, and even smartphones
- Lower cost – often less expensive than print books, can be “leased”
- Portability – many books on one device
- Readability – adjustable font size
- Annotation – powerful commenting and tagging features
- Definition lookup – words can be found in online dictionaries and other sources
- Flexibility – “course packs” made up of texts from multiple sources can be created
- Accessibility – Some e-readers can convert printed text to speech
- Efficiency – e-readers can hold hundreds or thousands of books and can double as web browsers and email clients
- Access – connection the Hamilton College APS wireless in not currently supported
- Layout – less information can be displayed on a digital page
- Restrictions – digital rights management may limit the number of devices that can contain the book, or provide restrictions on sharing, or copying and printing text.
- Media limitations– e-readers can only display one or two books at a time.
- Complexity – many incompatibilities exist between e-readers, file formats, and online purchasing methods
- Hardware limitations – e-textbooks from some sources, including Barnes and Noble, cannot be viewed on handheld e-readers
E-Textbook Information for Faculty
Upon your request for a book, the bookstore will automatically determine if an e-book version is available. If necessary, the bookstore will work directly with copyright holders to obtain the desired e-book.
Faculty can call, send email, or use the Bookstore online request form to request books. Books can also be ordered directly through Blackboard using the Nook Study Textbook List tool. If you want your students to use e-books exclusively, just let the Bookstore know.
Students should use the Nook Study application to view their e-books.
CoursePacks are customized textbooks assembled from multiple sources. Coursepacks can be ordered from Xanedu.
Software E-Reader Downloads
- Adobe Digital Editions (reads PDF and Adobe EPUB format, used by the Mid-York Library System)
- Kindle (reads pdf and Mobi format, but not EPUB)
- Nook (reads pdf and EPUB format, but not e-textbooks)
- Nook Study (reads pdf, EPUB, and e-textbooks)
Hardware E-Reader Models
- Kindle Models
- Nook Models
- iPad, iPhone (running iBooks)
- Android Tablets and Phones (running e-reader software)
Free E-Book Sources
- Project Guttenberg
- Google E-Bookstore (requires personal Gmail account)
- Open Library
- Mid-York Library System