Below you'll find some answers to commonly asked questions, but if you have a different experience or any further questions, please don't hesitate to let us know!
It's important to remember that the world of eBooks is still very much in flux, and that what you can do with eBook depends on who is offering you access to that eBook and what kind of Digital Rights Management (DRM) they have applied.
Adobe Digital Editions: Free proprietary software that offers you the means to view and manage downloaded eBooks that are encoded in the EPUB format (including most of our eBooks and Google Books). Use it to download digital content and transfer DRM-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or mobile devices.
Adobe ID: A free account for the Adobe Digital Editions software that provides the functionality to activate multiple computers and devices for use with DRM-Protected eBook files. Users create a username and password. Up to 6 devices can be authorized or registered using one Adobe ID.
Android: (see also “Operating System”) An open source operating system for mobile devices, owned by Google. The main competitor of Apple’s iOS operating system.
App: (see also “Mobile Apps”) Short for “Application.” Software designed for a specific purpose, often limited to working on a specific operating system.
Bluefire Reader: A mobile app that allows the user to open and view eBooks in almost any format. Available for iOS and Android operating systems.
DRM: Stands for “Digital Rights Management,” a technology used to protect digital products from copyright infringement. When you buy a DRM-protected eBook, the eBook is encrypted specifically for you. To view the eBook, you must activate your software, a process that verifies your identity and provides an electronic key for opening your eBook.
Ebook Central - Ebook Central is a vendor of electronic books published by many different publishers on a wide variety of subjects. Collins Library obtains most of its current eBooks from Ebook Central.
eBook: “Short for "electronic book." Depending on the type of eBook, it can be read on your computer, your phone, or a dedicated reading device.
EBSCO: A vendor of electronic databases and eBooks.
eBook Reader or eReader: Also known as e-readers, these refer to hardware devices that are designed primarily for the purpose of reading eBooks. Examples include the Kindle™, Nook™, Sony® Reader, and Kobo® Reader.
EPUB: An open source industry-standard eBook format that makes it possible to optimize and customize text and images for both large displays like a desktop computer and small screens like a smartphone.
iOS: Operating system used on Apple computer devices such as Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
Mobile Apps: Software designed for a specific purpose, to run on hand-held devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers.
Mobile Device: Also referred to as "handheld devices." Generally, pocket-sized devices with computing capabilities (including smartphones, PDAs, etc.). These devices generally offer robust functionality without the restriction associated with heavier, tethered equipment.
MyEbscoHost Account: To download an eBook from EBSCO the user must first create this personal account, which requires the user to create a username and password.
Glossary adapted with permission from: http://libguides.olympic.edu/content.php?pid=232402&sid=2209261