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Ebook Vendor Comparison Chart

Guide to features of eBooks in the University Library collection.

This guide is intended to explain the main features of the major eBook vendors the library purchases from, but it does not include all of the eBook vendors. Interfaces and features can change.

VendorPrintingDownloadUse RightsNumber of UsersE-Reader Compatibility
ABC-CLIO Individual pages or chapters (depends on the book) No License Agreement No limit Can access the eBooks platform in a standard web browser setting on all mobile devices
ACLS Humanities Three pages at a time (from pdfs) Three pages at a time (as pdf) Follows fair-use rights and restrictions No limit Mobile device formats available for sale
Brill Whole book (from Read pdf) Whole book   No limit Whole book (pdf)
Cambridge Individual chapters (from Read pdf) Individual chapters   No limit Individual chapters (pdf)
Credo Reference Individual entries Individual entries (click on "Print & Export, then "Print")   No limit Individual entries (pdf)
Ebrary Individual pages or up to 60 pages at a time (right click on page text) Create account to download a standard pdf (60 page max) or entire book for 7 days   Limited user titles Standard pdfs accessible on most devices; 7 day whole book download, not accessible on Kindle
EBSCO eBooks Up to 60 pages (or fewer depending on the publisher) of an eBook can be printed per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer. In the viewer use the EBSCO print button, not the pdf print button Create account to download and "checkout" the whole book for up to 7 days; otherwise can save up to 60 pages (or fewer depending on the publisher) at a time from the viewer as pdf  

Depends on the book: 1,3, or unlimited users

Whole book when "checked out" pdf, and some have ePub option
Elsevier (ScienceDirect) Individual chapters (from pdfs) Individual chapters (as pdf) Re-use Permission Policy No limit Individual chapters (pdf, epub, mobipocket)
Gale Virtual Reference The number of pages may depend on the individual publisher specified limits  Individual entries/articles/chapters (depending on the book) as html or pdf   No limit Individual entries,articles,chapters (download pdf to eReader)
Google Whole book (from pdf) Whole book (from Google Books not Google Play)   No limit ePub and pdf (android, iphone, and ipad apps available)
HathiTrust Page by page (non-affiliates) or whole book (with partner login) Page by page (non-affiliates) or whole book (with partner login) Access and Use Policies No limit Individual pages or whole book (with partner login) as pdf --Use the HathiTrust mobile site to download whole book (with partner login) as pdf or ePub
IGI-Global (Info-Sci) Individual chapters (from pdfs) Individual chapters (as pdf)   No limit Individual chapters (pdf)
Internet Archive Whole book Whole book Free to read, download, print No limit Whole book (epub, pdf, Kindle, Daisy)
Oxford Reference Individual entries No   No limit No
Palgrave Whole book Whole book Some have restrictions on bulk re-use and commercial use, please see the collection or the sponsor of a book. No limit Whole book (pdf, and some have ePub option)
Project Gutenburg Whole book Whole book (as textfile, html, or format for ereaders)

Ebooks from Project Gutenburg are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries.

No limit Whole book (ePub, Kindle, Plucker, QiOO mobile) Mobile Reader How-To
Project Muse Sections of chapters or chapters at a time depending on the book (from pdfs) Sections of chapters or chapters at a time depending on the book   No limit Sections of chapters or chapters depending on the book (pdf)
Safari Individual pages No Near-unrestricted access Limits to 6 simultaneous users on the account No
Sage Individual chapters from viewer or pdf Individual chapters (as pdf)   No limit Individual chapters (pdf)
Springer Whole book and individual chapters (from pdfs or chapters from view screen) Whole book and individual chapters (as pdf)   No limit Whole book (pdf)

Taylor & Francis CRCnetBASE

Individual chapters Individual chapters (as pdf)   No limit Individual chapters (pdf); Mobile version of the site for searching, then can download individual chapters to device (pdf)
Wiley Individual chapters Individual chapters (as pdf) Wiley Rightslink No limit Individual chapters (pdfs)

Please see this eBooks Advanced guide for additional information about more features such as e-mailing, exporting citations, copy and pasting capabilities, and special features.

The e-readers guide and eBook Searching guide provide information about e-readers and finding eBooks at the University Library.