E-Books at the UGA Libraries and Elsewhere

January 18, 2011 – 1:48 PM

Did you get an e-book reader for Christmas this year?  Sales were high, and whether you want to read e-books on a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad or even your plain old laptop, we can point you to some good resources for free e-books.

Through the UGA Libraries

  • E-books available through NetLibrary appear in the GIL catalog and are only readable on the web; they cannot be downloaded in an e-book format.
  • E-Books available through Springerlink also appear in the GIL catalog; they can be downloaded as .pdf files and read on some readers.
  • A number of Galileo databases provide access to digital books; see the UGA Libraries’ guide to them here.  Formats will vary, but some can be downloaded and sent to e-book readers.

Through the Athens Public Library

  • The public library does not currently have e-books for download, but they have a guide with some good tips about the trustworthiness of e-book sites and notes on e-book formats.

Web Sites with Free E-Books

E-Book Management Software

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management software.  It can be used for:

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion, including file formats and rescaling font sizes
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news (i.e. complete articles from the New York Times) from the web and converting articles into e-book format
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

Download the software for Windows, Mac, or Linux here.


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