You can find eBooks in the library in a number of ways. Here is a list of our primary eBook collections.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (an eBook available from our library!), an eBook is:
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈiːbʊk/ , U.S. /ˈiˌbʊk/
Forms: E-book, e-book, eBook, ebook.
Etymology: e- prefix1 + book n.
A hand-held electronic device on which the text of a book can be read. Also: a book whose text is available in an electronic format for reading on such a device or on a computer screen; (occas.) a book whose text is available only or primarily on the Internet.In form Ebooks a proprietary name in the United Kingdom.
Third edition, September 2001; online version March 2012. <http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/254154>; accessed 04 May 2012.
The Blume Library purchases most of our eBooks via EBSCO eBooks (formerly NetLibrary). We currently own about 60,000 eBooks via the EBSCO database. You can find our EBSCO eBooks via the Library Catalog or directly via the EBSCO database.
You can search and read EBSCO eBooks while in the database. However, EBSCO eBooks offers you the feature of checking out and download eBooks to your personal computer or to various eReader devices (iPad, Nook, etc.).
Here are the basic steps to checking out and downloading a book to your computer.
The San Antonio Public Library has a great collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other electronic materials. The public library's collection emphasizes popular fiction and nonfiction where the Blume Library's eBooks are often more academically-oriented.
You can take advantage of SAPL's library resources if you have a San Antonio Public Library card. Residents of Bexar County are eligible for public library cards.
If you do not live in Bexar County, see if your local public library offers eBooks, and if so, sign up for a public library card!