Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2016     Views: 1659

If you want to read online, via your device's web browser, then the answer is yes.   Any device that is capable of web browsing will allow for portable online reading, as long as an internet connection is available.  Simply open your device's web browser, navigate to our library to find the book you need and start reading

If you want to read offline (i.e. by downloading a book to your device), then it depends.

  • Some book vendors/publishers do not allow books to be downloaded at all, while others do.  Click here for more information.   
  • Some e-readers (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.) may require a specific ebook format or app which may not be compatible with library ebook files.  You may have to explore support or help sites for your specific device to see if there is a converter for the various file formats found in the library.  For example, see Amazon Kindle Support.  There is some good information here about their proprietary format vs. standard formats (like .pdf, .swf or .txt).  There are also some apps out that will convert files into Amazon's format. Type "Amazon Kindle converter" into your favorite search engine to check them out.

Luckily, our library's book vendors are beginning to provide support for e-readers and tablets.  Find more information from two of our big book providers below (use the search option to find instructions for your specific device):


See also:  Do any of the library's databases have mobile apps?

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