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eBooks: eBooks at Columbia

Free eBooks Collections and Resources


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There are lots of websites that offer you free, downloadable eBooks.  These website usually offer you the ability to download the eBook in a format that is compatible with your eReader device or gives you the option to read the eBook through your computer's browser.

Free eBook Websites
Project Gutenbenberg

The Internet Archive Open Library Project

Gizmo's Free Books Online
Many Books
ePub Books
Internet Archive
Bartleby: Great Books Online
Free e-Books
Planet eBook
American Verse Project
Classic Bookshelf
The Internet Sacred Texts Archive
The Bookshelf at NCBI

Scribd (subscription $8.99 a month)

Online Resources
100 Useful Links for ebook lovers
20 Best Websites to Download Free eBooks

Comparison of eReaders
Comparison of eBook Readers on Wikipedia
The eBook Reader
eReader Comparison Guide

eBooks at Columbia

The Columbia College Chicago library offers you access to several different Academic eBook Collections. The eBooks found in these collections will be viewable in your computer browser, but not downloadable.

Columbia College Academic eBook Collections:

For the best viewing experience be sure that you:

Our licensing agreements with the various vendors determine the number of simultaneous users that are allowed with each e-book.    Most of our individual e-book titles have limits of either 1 or 3 simultaneous users. Printing restrictions also will vary from vendor to vendor and in some cases even from e-book to e-book depending on our licensing agreements.  Most of the e-books will have a restriction on how many pages you can print or email.  The page limit will most likely be posted on the screen. 

Loading onto an eReader

Although you can't download the e-books that are available from Columbia, many of the eBooks offered on eBook Websites such as Project Gutenberg are downloadable. After you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer the eBook to an eReader device such as a Kindle, Nook or Sony eReader.

In some cases, the eBook website may offer you different download format options, so be sure to download the eBook in a format that is supported by your eReader.  (Note:  The Kindle is an Amazon proprietary device does not support all eBook formats.)

To move your eBook to an iPad, iPod or iPhone you may need to use a 3rd party application such as the BLUEFIRE Reader.

Adobe Reader

You may need to install the latest version  Adobe Reader if you want to view the PDF files on your computer.  Also,  you may need to install Adobe Flash.

Mac Reader Plug-in

If you are using a MAC computer you may need to install a PDF Browser Plug-in to use eBook viewers.

MAC users click here to download the FREE PLUG-IN.