Electronic books are digital versions of printed books, although some are “born digital,” with features unavailable in the print medium. You can read e-books on a dedicated reader, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or smartphone.
One advantage is that you can carry many e-books on a single, lightweight device. It’s also easy to search for a specific quote or reference – and some readers allow you to save highlighting and personal notes. One disadvantage is that it’s generally not easy to share your e-books.
The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers e-textbook rentals (see a video demo). If a digital edition of a book is available, students are presented with that option when they purchase a text.
The Hesburgh Libraries have a large collection of ebooks available for loan. Search the ND catalog and look for the indicator “Online Access” or “ebook” (image below).
At Notre Dame
- Hesburgh Libraries ebooks contact: “Ask a Librarian” (631-6258) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hammes Bookstore e-textbooks contact: Rose McMahon (631-7828)
[updated August 2018]