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E-Book use is growing dramatically, especially after the release of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad.  The JCKL Library is working to increase access to e-books, especially downloadable e-books.  We have several different databases that deliver e-books, some only to your desktop or laptop, some to e-book devices, and some to both.  Unfortunately, the e-book world is still "the wild, wild West" as our vendors and book publishers try to come to grips with this new world.  This guide will try to clear up some of the confusion and make e-book usage at UCM a little easier.

You Need Some Accounts

One drawback to using different vendors for e-books is that you need different accounts and apps to make them work.  Here is a list.

EBSCO E-books

  • Recommend creating an EBSCO account with university Google account.
  • Books can be viewed in the database in PDF or EPUB format - NO LOGIN REQUIRED
  • Variety of restrictions of number of pages that can be downloaded or printed. -NO LOGIN REQUIRED 
  • Downloading books to third party readers is allowed.  EBSCO Account and Adobe Account Required

EBook Central

  • Ebook Central account required to for downloading.
  • Adobe Account required for downloading.
  • Books can be viewed in the database. NO LOGIN REQUIRED
  • Limited number of pages allowed for downloading into PDF format. LOGIN REQUIRED
  • Downloading to third party reader allowed. EBOOK CENTRAL AND ADOBE ACCOUNT REQUIRED.

O’Reilly for Higher Education

  • No additional logins required.  UCM network id needed for off campus access.
  • Books must be read in the database.
  • No downloads.


  • Over 3000 Open Access books are available.
  • No logins required.  
  • Unlimited PDF downloads.

Project MUSE

  • Almost 1000 open access e-books.