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Finding and Using E-Books

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Comparison Chart

Guide to features of e-books in the University Library collection.

This chart is intended to explain the main features of the major e-book vendors the library purchases from, but it does not include all of the e-book vendors. Please note that interfaces and features can change.

Vendor Printing Downloading User Limit Terms of Use Accessibility
ABC-CLIO Limits vary by book None

No limit

Terms of Use Font can be enlarged
ACLS Humanities Ten pages at a time Ten pages at a time No limit HEB follows fair-use rights and restrictions for all books on the site. You may print pages for your personal research use only.  ADA Compliance and Accessibility
Brill Full text, if available Full test, if available. No limit Rights and Permissions  PDF files, can use Adobe assistive technology
Cambridge Varies by book; usually either 1 chapter or 20% of collection in question Individual Chapters (PDF) No limit Rights and Permissions Make text larger
Credo Reference Individual entries/sections Individual entries/sections No limit Terms of Use Accessibility 
Ebook Central See Downloading Whole book, specific chapters, or page ranges using Adobe Digtial Editons; most books up to 40% of title Depends on the item Terms and Conditions Accessibility 
EBSCO E-Books Up to 100 pages (depending on the publisher) Download (offline) link that allows you to check-out and download the eBook and read it on your computer when you are not connected to the Internet, or transfer it to your Adobe Digital Editions-compatible eBook Reader device. Create a free account to do this.  Depends on the book Liscense Agreement accessible at the bottom of the page under Terms of Use and Copyright Accessibility 
Elsevier (ScienceDirect) Individual chapters from PDFs Download one or more (up to 25 simultaneously) full-text PDFs of articles and chapters. Depends on the book Terms and Condition Accessibility
Gale Virtual Reference Amount printable depends on publishers; individual sections Varies depending on book as PDF or HTML; individual sections of books No limit Terms of Use and Copyright Accessibility
HathiTrust Depends on book; page-by-page or whole book Download Policy No limit Access and Use Accessibility
IGI-Global (Info-Sci) From PDF and HTML view Individual artcile/chapter download. Full-text download with account. No limit Terms and Conditions From downloaded PDF
Oxford Reference Yes, Read Legal Notice for more information No, but can save entries with account. No limit Legal Notice Screen reader compatible 
Project Gutenburg Whole Book Whole book as HTML, text file, or e-reader format.  No limit Terms of Use Once downloaded
Project Muse From PDFs Sections of chapters or chapters at a time depending on book No limit Policies Accessibility
Safari Yes, although the formatting is ugly Only via the mobile app No limit Terms of Service Accessibility
Sage From downloads Individual chapters No limit Terms of Use Accessibility
Springer From downloads Whole book and individual chapters (as PDFs) No limit Terms of Use Accessibility
Taylor & Francis CRCnetBASE From downloads Individual chapters No limit Terms and Conditions Support priority 1 (level A) of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WAIG)
Wiley From downloads  Individual chapters No limit Terms of Service Accessbility