About GFU e-books and mobile devices
E-books are electronic versions of printed books which can be read on most personal computers and handheld devices. There are many e-books available through GFU libraries from various vendors. We are building our e-book collection because books in this format offer many benefits:
- They are available 24/7 with internet access
- You can read where you want
- Convenient and portable
- You can get ebooks instantly
- They take up much less space
- They are environmentally friendly
- The text is searchable
- In most cases they are available to multiple users at the same time
- They cannot be lost or damaged
Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and NetLibrary e-books can only be read online; they cannot be downloaded as PDF’s or onto e-readers such as a Kindle. This is because of copyright/legal arrangements with publishers. However, they can be read on nearly any device that runs a browser. As usual though, the faster the device and the bigger the screen, the better.
Springerlink, PsycBooks, many reference e-books, and articles from the databases are available in PDF format and, therefore, can be downloaded or transferred to computers and mobile devices.
Downloading e-books to mobile devicesUsing a Kindle
You can load an e-book or e-book chapter to a Kindle if it is a PDF.
Screenshot of Kindle shows a PDF from a Springerlink e-book
The library recommends the following method:
Connect the Kindle and a computer with a USB cable. When your Kindle is plugged into your computer, your Kindle will appear as a removable mass-storage device.
Screenshot of Finder window on a Mac shows Kindle as a removable mass-storage device
Screenshot of My Computer window on a PC shows Kindle as a removable mass-storage device
Drag and drop the e-book PDF from your computer’s file browser onto the Kindle’s “Documents” folder. The PDF will be available on the Kindle’s Home page. Be sure to eject the Kindle from the computer before going to the home page to select and view the document. Note that Kindle apps do not support these personal document transfers and you will not be able to view them on other devices such as the iPhone.
Using iPad, iPhone, iTouch
When accessing the library’s e-books from your mobile device they will open and display automatically in the browser when you select the PDF link. You will need an e-book reader such as iBooks, iAnnotate PDF, GoodReader, or ReaddleDocs in order to download the document to your device. Options to use e-book readers on your device will appear at the top of the screen when the document initially displays in the browser window. The selection of e-book readers can be displayed again whenever the screen is touch activated or powered up. Select the one that you would like to use and the PDF will download and open in the reader. At this point the PDF is now yours to keep and access at any time on your device.
Screenshot from iPhone shows the "Open in..." button which offers choices for the various e-book readers on your device
Using a desktop or laptop computer
When accessing the library’s e-books on a desktop or laptop computer you can send the PDF’s to your email where you can access and open them on any of your devices. Depending on the source you will receive either a link to the record in the database or the email will contain a PDF attachment. Select the link to go to the record and then select the PDF link or touch the link for the PDF attachment until a box appears with selections to the e-book readers that are available.
Screenshot from iPhone shows the view after the PDF link has been selected in email
Screenshot from iPad shows the view after the PDF link has been selected in email
The staff at the library are happy to help you with questions about accessing GFU e-books but the library does not offer technical support services for or instruction in the use of computers, readers, or mobile devices.