E-books are electronic versions of print books. The USF Libraries have access to thousands of e-books covering a variety of disciplines. Accessing e-books from an academic library is a bit different than borrowing an e-book from a public library or buying an e-book from an online bookstore. The e-books that are available through the USF Libraries are published by the same scholarly publishers and academic presses as the library's print collection.
As long as you are logged into the library website, most e-book collections do not require an account to view and read a title. Printing, copying and downloading books MAY require that you create an account in that collection.
The USF Libraries subscribe to several e-book collections that currently offer thousands of titles for check-out and transfer to an e-reader or another device. While each collection has its own unique download process, in general, you can use any web-enabled device that is able to run Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), such as Nook, iPad, iPhone/ iPod touch, Sony e-readers, or laptops, desktops etc.
E-books can be searched using the USF Libraries catalog. A link to connect full text of the e-book is available below the citation in the catalog record. You can also search specific collections through their individual interface/search pages. There is a link to the search page for each collection under the each table above. Links to individual e-book collections can also be found on the "Research Tools" menu under "Databases by Subject".
Most e-books allow a "reasonable" amount of printing, typically between 5% and 20% of the book. Some vendors control use through Digital Rights Management (DRM), which requires that users download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
The library is moving toward acquiring ebooks over print books in most cases, so the library most likely will have either a print OR an electronic copy of a book. However, for some titles, there may be a print copy as well as an online copy of the book in the collection. This is rapidly becoming the exception, rather than the norm. Check the library catalog to determine the format(s) available