E-Books:E-Books Introduction

A guide for using eBooks from Forsyth Library and other places

Welcome to the E-Books LibGuide!

There are different ways of reading eBooks and different devices to use to read them. We put together this guide to help you sort through any questions you may have about using eBooks for your classes or for your personal reading.

What are eBooks and eReaders? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, an eBook is an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose. An eReader is a device or application to facilitate or enhance the reading of electronic material.

Quick Guide to Using the Different Formats

There are many different formats that you will come across as you access eBooks. Here are the explanations of some of the more popular ones.


ePUB (Electonic Publishing) - a free and open-source ebook publishing platform that is used by many vendors for ebooks.


PDF (Portable Document Format) - a document exchange that was created by Adobe Systems. You must use a specialized reader, Acrobat, to read a file.


azw (Amazon) - a proprietary Kindle format. Can only be used on Kindle products.


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Resources about eBooks and eReaders

There are a number of different resources that you can read if you want to learn more about eBooks and eReaders.