World Book Night 2016: Exploring Ebook Platforms

World Book Night 2016 logo

 Image from the World Book Night website

To honor World Book Night (April 23) let’s look at some different ebook platforms.  I’ll focus on ones the library uses.

Let’s start with SpringerLink.  Though it is technically a publisher’s platform extending beyond ebooks, SpringerLink provides access to many ebooks, particularly in the health sciences.  Without creating a special account you can print individual chapters.

The library also subscribes to the ebrary Academic Complete Ebooks Collection.  Again you don’t need an account to download selected pages, though an account allows you to highlight or annotate.

EBSCO has an Ebook Collection as well.  The interface resembles its interface for article databases (Think of Academic Search Complete.).

Let’s not forget CredoReference or the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  After all many of the entries come from reference books.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (2015, Information Creation as a Process section) describes how different products can suit different needs.  Different book formats have features that meet different needs.  Enjoy your favorite books in the format that you most enjoy!


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :