Thursday, April 7, 2011

eBooks are Here!

In November, the campus libraries signed a license with EBL (eBook Library) which allows the campus to purchase eBooks.  All eBooks can be found by searching either MadCat or Forward.  All titles may be previewed for 5 or 10 minutes and then must be checked out by signing in with your NetID for a 24 hour loan period.  EBooks may be downloaded to your eReader such as a Nook, Sony Reader, or iPad, but all eBooks are also viewable online.  You may print up to 20% or copy up to 5% of a books content every 6 weeks.  The campus currently has unlimited access so multiple people can be reading the book at the same time.

The SLIS Library, in keeping up with reader trends, has started purchasing a few titles in eBook format. Check out the eBooks we have purchased so far:
To find all the eBook databases to which UW-Madison subscribes check out this link.

In addition, EBSCO is currently hosting a trial period of its eBook content.  This can be accessed through Academic Search Premier and clicking on the New Features tab in the upper right-hand corner.

Take some time and explore the future of books!  And don't forget that SLIS students and faculty can check out a Kindle, Nook Color, The Book, or iPad at the SLIS Circ desk for up to a week of eBook exploration.

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