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Detail from Sculling on the Potomac by J. Love, 1888

Detail from Sculling on the Potomac by J. Love, 1888. From the University Art CollectionBooth Family Center for Special Collections

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May I read a library e-book on my tablet/e-book reader/smartphone?

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2013  |  168 Views

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It depends. (What an awful answer...) The publisher or provider may allow for this functionality. Here's how to find out:

  • Read the help documentation where you found the e-book. Check to see if it addresses downloading materials for use offline.
  • If you can download the book to your computer, what file format is the e-book in and is that file format supported by your device?
  • Does the e-book require Adobe Digital Editions, or another form of digital rights managment software?
  • If you're using a smartphone, do you need an app to read the e-book?

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For more information about library e-books, please visit our E-Book Guide, where you can learn how to find e-books in our collection, download them for offline use, or transfer them to your tablet or e-book reader.

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