Okanagan College Library owns or provides access to thousands of electronic books that can be accessed on or off-campus. E-books are available via OCtopus, the Library catalogue and databases. E-books can be viewed on a computer, and some e-books can be downloaded to an e-reader, Smart Phone, tablet, or personal computer. Printing and download restrictions are publisher dependent and permissions vary from title to title.
To access the Library's databases that contain e-book collections and some electronic reference books, click here. When searching the Library catalogue for e-books, use the advanced search and select the location limit "online" and the type limit "book".
*Some platforms allow e-book downloads to your personal computer or handheld device. You may need to install Adobe® Digital Editions on your computer to view or transfer the e-book to your e-reader. Your handheld device may require an e-reader app such as BlueFire, to view e-books. Apps must be downloaded from your device's app store. Click here to download Adobe Digital Editions (free).
Downloading E-Books from Okanagan College Library
Okanagan College Library allows users to download e-books. When downloading or printing an e-book, restrictions may apply depending on the publisher or platform being used. Downloads may be restricted to one chapter, or 40-60 pages at a time. Contact the Library for more information related to e-books.
Adobe Digital Editions
To download some e-books for reading on a computer or transferring to a specific device, you first must have the free program, Adobe Digital Editions. If you have an Adobe DRM-enabled device, such as an Android device, you do not need to download Adobe Digital Editions.
The free software can be downloaded here. They list of supported devices is here. The Adobe Digital Editions FAQ page provides additional assistance on transferring e-books between computers, adding and removing items from your Adobe Digital Editions library, and more.
E-Books on EBSCOhost
To download an e-book from EBSCOhost and transfer it to a device, you require two different accounts, an EBSCOhost account and an Adobe account. The accounts are not related to each other, or to your other OC Library accounts.
Go to an EBSCOhost e-books and click the Sign In link located at the top right of the screen. If you have already created an EBSCOhost account you can sign in. If you need to create a new account, click Create a new Account at the top right of the screen. Fill in the required information and click Save Changes.
You can now use this account to download e-books from EBSCOhost, as well as to save articles and create folders in EBSCOhost databases and OCtopus.
About E-Book Checkouts & Downloads
When checking out an EBSCOhost e-book, you may be permitted to select the checkout period, which can range from one to fourteen days. When you download an e-book, if it is restricted to a single user license (most are), it is no longer available to others for the duration of the checkout.
As a courtesy to others, you may want to return a title early. When the checkout period expires the item will no longer be accessible on your computer and the system will make the e-book available again.
To learn more about e-book downloads from EBSCOhost, click here.
E-Books on ProQuest Ebook Central
If you’re using a laptop or desktop, you need Adobe Digital Editions. The free software can be downloaded here. They list of supported devices is here. The Adobe Digital Editions FAQ page provides additional assistance on transferring e-books between computers, adding and removing items from your Adobe Digital Editions library, and more.
On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader.
To learn more about e-book downloads from ProQuest Ebook Central, click here.
Download Free E-Books
The Library provides access to purchased and licensed electronic books. There are a number of websites that provides access to e-books users can freely read and download.
- Project Gutenberg: This site offers over 36,000 public domain e-books that can be downloaded to Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, or other portable devices. The books have been digitized through volunteer efforts and cover all genres.
- Open Library: "One page for every book." This collection contains over 1,000,000 free e-books to download and more to borrow. All formats are represented for download with links to purchase physical editions if desired.
- Open Course Library: Links to some of the best sources for shared educational content, including reference sources, textbooks, and more.
- OAPEN Online Library: A dedicated collection of scholarly titles (peer-reviewed books & edited volumes) in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Baen Free Library: Baen Publishers (science fiction and fantasy) provides free e-books for a variety of their authors. Books can be downloaded onto Kindle, Stanza, Bluefire, Nook, or other readers.
- Mutopia: The source to turn to for free sheet music.
- Smashwords: This site provides e-books from independent authors and publishers and has both free and paid books.
- ManyBooks.net: More than 29,000 e-books available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other e-readers representing all genres.
- Internet Archive: All genres and eras are represented. Download e-books in all formats.