Listed below are some of the common terms you may encounter in the descriptions of e-books:
Welcome to our e-book help pages! Here you will find information about e-books at Bowdoin, general and specific information about printing, downloading, etc. from the various e-book sites, and a bit about e-reader devices. Please Ask Us for additional information.
E-Books Accessible Via CBBcat
The Bowdoin College Library purchases both individual e-books and collections of e-books, which are usually publisher or subject collections. (Note when searching CBBcat, you may access e-books only if they have a Bowdoin or CBB link. E-books that link only to Bates or Colby are not accessible to Bowdoin users.)
Individual e-books are cataloged and searchable via the Library catalog, just like printed books. Look for the "electronic resource" phrase that indicates it is an e-book.
Links to some of our major collections are listed below. See the tabs above for help pages specific to some of these products:
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
The Library has a Kindle DX and a Kindle Keyboard available to check out. These devices are preloaded with a selection of e-books purchased by the Library. Follow the link for a list of e-books available on the Kindle.
Maine InfoNet Download Library
Maine InfoNet Download Library provides access to OverDrive downloadable e-books and audiobooks. See the tab above for help using this collection. For e-books still in copyright, usage is managed by Adobe Digital Editions. You must create an Adobe account to download these e-books. (You will be prompted to do so.)
Free E-books Accessed via the Web and often the Bowdoin College Library
The Library often provides links to these free e-book sites. Note, however, that the full-text of the books is not always available.