Happy World Book Day!


What sort of librarian would I be if I didn’t mention that today is World Book Day? An annual event that is organised by UNESCO, it’s a celebration of the book. So, in keeping with the theme of the day, I thought it was time to talk a little bit about e-books. Many of you will probably be aware of commercial e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, you may even be using them, but how much do you really know about academic e-books.

Here at the University of Bolton we have access to several thousand electronic books on a wide variety of academic subjects. Available from a number of suppliers, e-books have one thing in common in that just like electronic journals, they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like a printed version of a book, it is possible to read the text page by page, but unlike a printed library book, some services allow you to comment on the text once you have set up a personal account. You can also print out sections of the text, but just like a printed book, you cannot copy more than a certain amount. The helpful thing, however, about an electronic book is that the software itself will prevent you from copying too much. E-books are also searchable, and are presented on a database, so you can look for multiple books at the same time.

In addition to books from providers such as Safari and MyiLibrary, the University of Bolton also has access to a range of reference material electronically.

E-books are accessible via the library catalogue (look for “Online”) near the titles, via the A to Z list of electronic resources, or by the e-books information pages on the library website. our numbers of electronic books are being added to all the time, so it’s good to get to know about them. Take a look and see what you think!



One Response to “Happy World Book Day!”

  1. Christine Smith Says:

    It’s always been frustrating that we haven’t been able to search ALL ebooks from the library catalogue.
    At last I think we are very near to making this possible. Watch this space!

    University of Bolton

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