Many institutions have begun to research the use of digital books in the libraries and within their courses. Google Search: eBooks in higher Educaiton The use of digital books in institutions of higher education has been a popular topic in education for a few years now with the popular adoption of digital eReaders tablet devices such as the Kindle, Nook, iPad and now recent announcement of the Windows Surface Tablet.
If you have one of these devices institutions are acquiring portals to accommodate you and your mobile device. At the University of South Florida, students and faculty can check-out digital books on their tablet and smartphone devices.
You can choose to download your book as a PDF or ePub and specify the number of days of your book loan length. When browsing your bookshelf on your tablet device or smartphone you will want an app like BlueFire Reader to open your books. After your loan period has expired, the book will disappear from your device; this is where it is handy to save books to your “bookshelf” on the portal. Doing this will allow you to quickly access and download the book again.
If you decide not to use your tablet device or smartphone, but rather would like to download the book to your computer for easy access offline you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions. For individuals who still love having paper in their hands when they read, the portal allows a limited number of prints (20% of each ebook). In the book I viewed, it displayed that I had 120 prints available. You will need Adobe Reader to print or copy from the book. List of Adobe Digital Editions compatible devices.