Amazon Kindle Format. A custom format for the Amazon Kindle, this DRM (Digital Rights Management) restricted file format is only usable on a Kindle e-reader.
DjVu Format. High-compression rate for high-resolution documents. Web-browser, desktop and mobile-device compatible. An alternative to the PDF.
Electronic Publication Format. An e-book standard maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum. It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
Hypertext Markup Language Format. A computer programming language that many texts are formatted with; these texts are intended for viewing as part of a web page.
Mobipocket Mobile Format. A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.
Portable Document Format. Made by Adobe and compatible with their free Acrobat Reader, the PDF is widely used. PDF files are scanned images of printed pages or converted digital documents from other formats. PDF files are fixed-layout, meaning that their scale may not be suitable for very small screens.
Plucker Format. Software that can be used on a handheld mobile device to choose content that is converted into a readable file from the web. Plucker files are stored in the mobile device used to view the material.
Plain Text File Format. A text file is readable by most basic desktop word-processing programs. Not compatible with all dedicated e-readers.
Other formats exist for individual devices; e-readers, tablets and web-enabled phones may have their own e-reader applications or software. Consult manufacturer’s website for further information.
Adapted from Library of Congress's Finding E-books: A Guide
E-books come in a variety of formats and may not always be easy to read on your device. The apps and software below can make it easier to read and manage e-books on your computer, smart phone, tablet or e-reader device.
What is included on the A - Z list of databases?
The A - Z list of ebooks includes all databases and content packages that provide access to ebooks in any way.
What is an ebook?
NYU Libraries defines ebooks as self-contained content that exists both physically and digitally in book form. This includes monographs from scholarly presses, reference volumes, textbooks, manuals, and primary text archival items. It does not include audio books.
Is there one place to access all ebooks at NYU?
Unfortunately, there is not. NYU's access to ebooks comes in many forms, including bulk ebook providers like Ebook Central, academic publishers like Oxford University Press, and others. Therefore, we recommend that you use a variety of search strategies when looking for ebooks.
Can I limit my results in BobCat to only show ebooks?
Yes. First perform a search for author or title in the BobCat tab. Once your results appear you will see options for "Availability" and "Resource Type" on the left hand side of the screen. Click on "Availability", if your results include online resource then "Full Text Online" will appear as an option. Next click the limit "Resource Type" and choose "Books" if that option is available. Your results will then be limited to only ebooks. If you do not see the option for "Full Text Online" or "Books" that means that the item is not available as an ebook on BobCat, and you may want to try searching elsewhere or try altering your search?
I found an ebook on Ebook Central and want to print it. Can I do this?
Yes, though printing options often vary by publisher. In most cases, you can print up to 60 pages per browser session. It's necessary to create an individual account within Ebook Central and to sign in, in order to print. Similarly, you must sign in if you would like to download chapters or books.
Maybe, but probably not. NYU Libraries has some textbooks but does not automatically purchase every textbook on every syllabus. If no copy exists in the main collection, there are other options. Sometimes a professor puts a personal copy of a book on Course Reserves (usually a 2-hr. loan). Also, some course textbooks may be available via E-Z Borrow.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Library can help you search for ebooks, download them to your laptop or mobile device, configure your ereader or link to them in NYU Classes. For one-one-one help please visit us in person or contact us via email.
The Bobst Library is located at 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. If you need assistance finding ebooks or other library resources please visit our Library Reference desk on the 1st floor during the following hours. Research consultations are available upon request.
We're also available to assist you online via chat, text, and email through our Ask A Librarian service.
The Dibner Library is located on the 3rd and 4th floor of 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201. If you need assistance finding ebooks or other library resources please visit our Library Service desk at the library entrance on the 3rd floor from . Research consultations are available upon request.
The NYU Shanghai Library can help you search for e-books, download them to your laptop or mobile device, or configure your e-reader. For one-one-one help please visit us on the 4th floor, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Library users at one of NYU's eleven Global Academic Centers can contact the NYU Libraries staff for assistance via our Ask a Librarian services.
The Global Services Librarian is also available via email to assist you with any questions you may have. Please visit the Global Library Services Guide for more information about the Global Services Librarian and available library services at the Global Academic Centers.