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


  eBook Terms 
Digital Rights Management (DRM) Digital rights management (DRM), also called digital restriction management and copyright protection, is the term used to describe any technology designed to control the use of digital content, such as digital media and software. E-Books with DRM have limits on who can access them, how much can be copied or downloaded, and how long downloads can be kept. DRM-free e-books have no such limits; see the definition of DRM-free below. 
DRM-Free These titles have no digital rights management (DRM) software. DRM-free titles have no user access, download size, download length, saving, printing, or copying limitations.
e-Book Reader A portable computer device designed specifically to read e-books. Short for “electronic book reader,” the most common e-readers in the US are the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  User Access Model Types
1 User One user at a time.
3 Users Three users at a time.
Concurrent Access 200-325 loans per year; unlimited simultaneous users.
Multi-User More than one user at a time. Number of users set by the publisher.
Non-Linear (NL) 200-325 loans per year; unlimited simultaneous users.
Short Term Loan (STL) Short Term Loan; anywhere from 1-7 days.
Single User One user at a time.
Unlimited Users (UU) An unlimited number of users.
  Access and Linking Terms
Authentication Online security system designed to ensure only authorized users can access protected information.
Internet Protocol (IP) Authentication Authentication method based upon comparing the IP address of a computer trying to access a resource with a range of IP addresses; if the IP address falls within the specified range, access is permitted. Many e-book platforms use IP authentication; for these platforms.
Permalink A permanent connection to a specific web page, permalinks can appear either as permanent links or as stable URLs which will always pull up the same page when entered into a browser’s address bar. Many e-book platforms have permalinks for their titles which can be copied.
Proxy Server A computer that mediates between two networks by collecting the data sent from the first network and sending it to the second network, which is often the internet. Since all requests sent by a proxy have the same IP address, a proxy server is used to provide access to resources using IP authentication from computers with IPs not in the provided range. Off-campus access to Boise State's resources using IP authentication is available through a proxy server accessed using a proxy URL.
Proxy URL A  web address to access a proxy server. IP authentication for members of the Boise State community not on campus requires Boise State's proxy URL.

Acquisitions Terms 

Open Access (OA) Open access resources are available to users for free. Some publishers have made commitments to keep certain e-books or journals as open access resources, most providers have a small and/or frequently changing number of open access resources. Most providers indicate their open access resources with an image of an open lock; the most common one is this stylized orange logo. 
Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) Titles that are purchased at the request of the library user.