Ebook guide: Home

Information on finding, reading and downloading Library ebooks, along with information on teaching with ebooks.

Ebook guide

Ebook guide [adapted from 'DSC_7229 by Plashing Vole', Image source: Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/plashingvole/9246623525, CC BY-NC 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/]

What is an ebook?

An ebook is a digital book. At heart it functions just like a traditional print book, but it can be enhanced with technology to make it connected and interactive.

Ebooks are accessed through the internet and read using computers, tablets, smartphones or ereaders.

Advantages of ebooks

Available any time, any place

Read on lightweight portable devices

Multiple simultaneous readers

Can't be lost, damaged or overdue

Save and export citations

Search within books

Ask your Team

For further information please contact the Academic Library Services team responsible for your Division.

How do I find ebooks?

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UniSA Library now has more ebooks than print books, so you have a great chance of finding something suitable.

Start by searching the Library Catalogue with your keywords.

When your search results appear, you can refine them to show only ebooks. From the options at the left of the screen, choose "Full Text Online" under Show Only, and "Books" under Format.

If you can’t find anything straight away, don’t give up. There are other places to look, and hundreds of thousands of other ebooks available that Library staff can help you discover. Contact your Academic Library Team for assistance.

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The ebook strategy

UniSA promotes the use of ebooks in teaching and learning. We also acquire most books required for our research in digital form.

The first priority of the University’s Digital Learning Strategy is 'Delivering an engaging and digitally enriched curriculum'. This priority commits us to ongoing investment in building our online resource collection, through partnerships with reputable academic publishers.

The Library fulfills this priority through a digital-preferred Collection Development and Information Access policy. Where possible, we acquire resources in digital form. Since not all subjects are suited to digital, print resources are purchased if necessary.