Many publishers and vendors of e-books use Digital Rights Management technology to limit copying, printing, and sharing.
Adobe Digital Editions is required for some e-book resources, in order to download an entire e-book (chapters or sections are often available in standard PDF format).
UW patrons can access ebooks licensed by UW Libraries on the following platforms:
University Press Scholarship Online (General)
Additionally, the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) provides a centralized listing of freely available academic e-books that can be accessed by anyone at no charge.
UW Libraries purchases e-books as single-user, multiple-user, or unlimited-user titles. Below is a breakdown of potential user limits:
Ebook Central: titles are unlimited use, single-user, three simultaneous users, or 326 uses per year. Please note: ebrary is now a part of Ebook Central.
EBSCOhost: titles are single-user, three simultaneous users, or unlimited use.
OverDrive: all titles are single-user use.