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Note: As of 8/15/2017, the Orbis-Cascade Alliance (Summit) will no longer be providing shared e-books through ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly EBL and ebrary). This has been replaced with access to e-books provided directly from Wiley, Taylor & Francis (Routledge and CRC), Oxford University Press, and the California University Press. No digital rights management, so chapters can be downloaded like articles. Includes some purchased content and some contract-period-only-access e-books.
Accessibility Issues: If you need accommodation for visual impairment, there are some e-book options (note- this is not a comprehensive or very useful list - I'll try to work on this!):
It's complicated, because WSU has access to academic e-books from multiple providers, and available functionalities (more than one person use at same time, download PDF chapters, download full book to a desktop/laptop or digital device, etc.) depending on the e-book provider, the book publisher, and how each title was purchased/licensed by the WSU Libraries:
example: The Handbook of Homicide (Wiley Online Library Online Books)
This page last updated: 7/30/2018
NOTE: if you are looking for an e-book specifically, you may want to search for your e-book with just the first part of the title and the author (i.e. "teaching to transgress" hooks for the book "Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom" by bell hooks) or you MAY NOT find it. This has to do with occasionally bad bibliographic data provided by our vendors.
To narrow a search to show just e-books in Search It, use the WSU Pullman (or your other campus library) scope (click the small "v" icon next to the Search button to find it), do your search (i.e. "atlantic salmon") then look at the top of the left-hand filter options under Type and select e-books (you may have to "Show More"). You can also pre-filter by e-book as a Material Type in Advanced Search. To access and read the e-book, click on the title; you'll see a direct link to the item. You may need to select the WSU campus and/or login again with your WSU Network ID if you have not already done so.
Some e-books may be PDF, EPUB, or HTML books that are freely downloadable online books from government agencies or other sources; others (especially those from vendors such as ProQuest Ebook Library or EBSCO Ebook Collection) are proprietary and require the use of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) or Bluefire software to download and read the e-book offline because the books are wrapped in digital rights management coding to regulate loan periods and prevent piracy (you may need to authorize your e-book reading software with an Adobe account). Not all WSU e-books can be downloaded; it depends on the platform, the license the book was bought under, and on individual publisher permissions. You will usually (but not always) be able to print or save as PDF individual chapters or page sequences, however.
Note: In many cases, you will have more functionality reading your book on-screen than you will if you download it and read it offline on your desktop/laptop or (if it's even an available option) on a digital device such as an e-reader, smartphone, or even a tablet. That is especially true for e-books that are in PDF format instead of EPUB format.
(all of these are also findable using Search It as noted above - if you are searching for a particular title in e-book form, search with the initial part of the title in quotation marks, plus the author. For example, to locate all versions of the book "Initiative and Referendum Voting: Governing Through Direct Democracy in the United States," in all potential Search It scopes, search for it like this: "initiative and referendum voting" braunstein).
Most of the e-books in these collections are scholarly e-books in PDF or EPUB format that use Adobe Digital Editons (ADE) digital rights management . They can be read on-screen and, in some cases, can be downloaded and read using your desktop/laptop or a tablet or smartphone. Note: most of WSU Libraries e-books are in PDF format; a few are in EPUB. EPUB e-books will work generally well on a computer, however the PDFs do not work well on anything but a computer or laptop, or a tablet such as an iPad (on an smartphone they tend to swim around like reading microfiche...). However, vendors may allow you to download a chapter or page sequence in "regular" PDF format that you will be able to retain in perpetuity.