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eBooks: What are eBooks?

What is an eBook?

An electronic book (also known as an e-book or digital book) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book,e-books can also be protected by digital rights management. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as "an electronic version of a printed book," but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually read on dedicated e-book readers. Personal computers and some mobile phones can also be used to read e-books. [from Wikipedia]  Some of the devices for reading ebooks are Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, and mobile phones. 

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eBooks at Dominican University Library

Ebooks at Alemany Library at Dominican University are available on different sites and for various devices.  This libguide will guide you through the process of finding ebooks and using your devices to download ebooks for easy and fun reading.

Ebooks available at Alemany Library on these links on our library page

  • eBrary                                                                                                                                             from
  • ebooks to check out on the Marinet site: As a student, faculty or staff member of Dominican University, you are considered a Marin County resident for checking out eBooks from Marinet.
  • ebooks in the catalog including eBook Central and Ebsco books
  • Free online ebooks such as Google books

Programs for downloading your ebooks:

Devices for reading eBooks:

     eBook readers:

  • iPad and iPad Air
  • Kindle, Kindle Fire
  • Nook, Nook Touch, Nook Tablet
  • Sony
  • Kobo

     Mobile devices:

  • Blackberry
  • iPad, iPhone, iPad touch
  • Android
  • Windows Phone


  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1                                                                        
  • Mac OS X v.10.4.9
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