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The purpose of this guide is to help you locate and use downloadable eBooks available from Albertsons Library.

What is an eBook?

An eBook is the electronic counterpart of a printed book, which can be viewed on a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or e-book reader (e-reader). 

  • Albertsons Library offers over 430,000 eBooks for Boise State University students, faculty, and staff. The collection is comprised of a variety of subjects and provided by many different suppliers and publishers.

  • eBooks can be accessed 24/7 on different mobile devices with an internet connection.

e-Book Formats

eBooks come in many formats. Some of the most popular formats are:

  • PDF (.pdf)  - A very popular eBook format from Adobe which most eReaders support. 
  • EPUB (.epub) - An open eBook standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Kindle (.azw) - Native format for Amazon's Kindle products which typically comes with DRM protection to limit sharing.
  • MobiPocket (.mobi) - A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. Also used on the Kindle.
  • Text (.txt) - A basic plain text format which is easy to create, but cannot contain images.

How do I find an eBook?

Find your desired eBook using the  Albertsons Library Catalog:

Click on Books, videos and more...enter a keyword, title, or author under the "All" tab of WorldCat Discovery, or refine your search to "ebook" under "Format." 

Search for a title using this search eBooks box. It will refine selections to eBooks only. Try it out!


How do I use eBooks?

Find information on:

  • Albertsons Library's eBook Databases, contains a list of all the library's ebook suppliers. Feel free to browse the collections and discover new titles! Each page contains information for navigating the platform. Each page also has an "at a glance" chart of features and tools for that particular platform.  There are also guides and reading suggestions.
  • The page, Using eBooks on Mobile Devices, offers Help with downloading eBooks on Apple, Android, Kindle, and Rakuten Kobo devices.
  • Here is a guide to User Definitions that shows eBook access level definitions and limitations. Detailed information about allowable downloads, permissions for printing pages, and more will be on each suppliers page in the Ebooks Database. 


FAQ & Help

The FAQ page can assist with troubleshooting:

  • common eBook questions, 
  • how to locate and access ebooks with images.
  • citation basics
  • eBook account help
  • other eBook platforms that offer titles for no charge. 

For more information, you can visit The Ask Desk on the first floor, call 208-426-1204, or use library chat located on the Home Page

If a link is not working, or there are other problems with an electronic resource you may email, and one of the staff members will connect you to the correct person to resolve the issue.