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This LibGuide will help you find free e-books from the Pace library and other online sites. The guide also has some information on e-readers and other devices.
Last Updated: May 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The future of reading?

This guide will help you navigate the world of e-books and e-readers.  Find e-books from the Pace library, as well as sources for free e-books online.  While the world of e-readers is constantly changing, this guide will also offer some reviews and advice on different devices for reading e-books.


What are ebooks?

An e-book (short for electronic book, also written eBook or ebook) is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes protected with a digital rights management system. E-books are usually read on personal computers or smart phones, or on dedicated hardware devices known as e-book readers or e-book devices. Many mobile phones can also be used to read e-books. [from Wikipedia]

Read: "TeleRead E-Book Primer Part One: What is an e-book?" (19 Sep 2010)

Read: "TeleRead E-Book Primer Part Two: Formats" (25 Oct 2010)

    Quick guide to ebook formats

    What is Digital Rights Management (DRM)?


    • epub
      An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
    • azw
      Amazon's propietary DRM restricted format.
    • pdf
      A document sharing format created in the early 90s. It is best for highly formatted content and has the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
    • mobi
      A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.
    • lrf
      LRF, LRS, LRX are Sony's proprietary formats. They have been superseded by Sony's acceptance of epub as the default format in their ebook store.

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