San Jose State University eBooks

What's an ebook?

An ebook is an electronic book that can be read by using a personal computer or other digital device.

The Collections

The University Library ebook collections are available to the SJSU community 24/7. SJSU users will need either their Tower card or their library card to access the SJSU collections off campus. Here are instructions for how to access the library's resources from off campus.

The San Jose Public Library also has its own separate ebook collection. All users need a SJPL library card to access the San Jose Public Library collections remotely. SJPL customers may access the University Library electronic resources only while in the King library on either personal computers or wireless devices.


Which devices work with the library's ebooks? Use this chart for hardware and software requirements. As of Spring 2012, we suggest the Bluefire Reader app for iOS and Android mobile devices -- It is compatible with the Digital Rights Management (DRM) used in some of the library collections. Also, view a list of devices and mobile phone applications that are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, the DRM used in some of the library collections.

ABC-CLIO eBook collection

Offers authoritative reference books on general interest topics including popular culture, multicultural studies, and the American immigrant experience across the secondary and higher education curriculum.

Compatible with: Access ABC CLIO ebooks in standard web browsers and on any mobile device.

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ACLS Humanities Ebook Project ACLS Humanities Ebook Project

A collection of full-text scholarly humanities titles offered in collaboration with twenty learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office.

Compatible with: standard web browsers, Android, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

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APA PsycNET

American Psychological Association (APA) handbooks.

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Blackwell Reference Online Blackwell Reference Online

A collection of reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and business and management.

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

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default image Cambridge Books Online

Cambridge Books Online offers titles that cover subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.

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Chandos Chandos Publishing Online

Chandos Publishing specializes in the areas of Library and Information Science, Knowledge Management, Business Information Trends, Asian Studies Social Media, Internet, and the Web.  These ebooks are designed primarily for the academic library and research community, and in particular, Library Science and Information Management professionals

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CHEMnetBASE
Online versions of major chemical reference works: The Combined Chemical Dictionary; Handbook of Chemistry and Physics; Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds; Dictionary of Natural Products; Dictionary of Organic Compounds; Dictionary of Drugs; Dictionary of Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Dictionary of Marine Natural Products, Dictionary of Food Compounds, Dictionary of Carbohydrates.
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CRCnetBASE CRCnetBASE

Provides access to engineering handbooks published by CRC Press. Formerly known as ENGnetBASE.

 

Format: Each chapter of these ebooks is presented as a separate, downloadable PDF

 

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

 

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Digital Textbooks Digital Textbooks

The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) provides educators with a repository of supplemental electronic learning resources such as free digital textbooks that are aligned with the State Board of Education academic content standards. Most resources are available as downloadable pdfs.

Compatible with: Kindle; Nook; iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch using Bluefire Reader app.

Directory of Open Access Books

The DOAB is a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license. The Directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access. The Directory is a service of OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.

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EBL Ebook Library EBL Ebook Library

Offers content across subject areas from academic publishers. These ebooks are only available to SJSU students, faculty and staff. They cannot be accessed by public library patrons.

Help and FAQs are available once you are logged on to EBL Library.

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Nook, Sony Readers, Bluefire Reader app, and any other ebook reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions.

Requires: Adobe Reader required to view, print and copy content. Adobe Digital Editions is required to download books.

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ebrary Academic Complete ebrary Academic Complete

Titles from a range of academic, scientific, technical, medical and professional publishers.

The Quick Start Guide is a good source for getting started.

Requires: The ebrary Plug-in Reader runs within your web browser as a browser plug-in that you install. Javascript, cookies and pop up windows must be enabled. Adobe Digital Editions is required to download ebooks.

Compatible with: Nook, Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlueFire Reader

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Ebsco logo EBSCO eBooks and audiobooks

Provides the full-text of thousands of recently published ebooks and audiobooks from selected academic and commercial publishers, as well as the full-text of a large number of older works in the public domain. Requires Adobe Digital Editions to download and read items offline. You will also need to create an Ebsco account to download an ebook. Compatible with: Android, Blackberry, Kindle, Nook, Sony Readers, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

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Emerald ebook series Emerald ebook series

The collections focus on the social sciences, business, management and economics. Browse the Social Sciences titles list and the Business titles list or see individual series titles from this collection in the library catalog. The titles are available in pdf and html formats and a green checkmark indicates access.

Compatible with: Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Bluefire Reader app.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

A collection of reference materials from various publishers (Emerald, ABC-CLIO, etc)

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IGI Global logo IGI Global

IGI Global is an international publishing company specializing in scholarly research publications and databases covering all aspects of information science technology utilization and management. The library subscribes to the following collections: Gaming Technologies, Library Information Science, Online Social Behavior, and Privacy & Protection in the Digital Age.

DRM not required (digital rights managment software) to download pdfs. Content also available in html format.

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Natl Acad Press Logo National Academies Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes over 4,000 books and reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.

Format: Read books online in your browser. Free registration is required to download in PDF format. You can download a book as a single pdf, or by each chapter.

Oxford Reference Oxford Reference

Offers dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It also has a range of key titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companion Series, plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

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Palgrave Connect Palgrave Connect

Subjet collections from Palgrave Macmillan, a global academic publisher, include Economics and Finance, Politics and Internat'l Studies, Language and Linguistics, Theatre and Performance, Education, History, Literature, Media and Culture, Religion and Philosophy, Social Science, Business and Management.

Compatible with: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

 

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Safari Tech Books Safari Tech Books

Offers books on information technology. After 15 minutes of inactivity, you will be timed out and your session will end.

Format: Safari has decided to go with the ePub book standard and that means more of the books in this collection will be in web-native, highly accessible, and mobile-friendly HTML . Currently most of the titles are in pdf format. Individual pages may be printed. Safari also has a "Print Fidelity mode" -- This means that the book is presented in the exact page format found in the hard copy version.

Compatible with: Adobe Digital Editions; Kindle (using Safari optimized mobile site); Sony Digital readers; iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app

 

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Sage Knowledge Sage Knowledge

Encyclopedias for a variety of subject areas.

 

Format: The front and back matter of an encyclopedia is a pdf but the content of each encyclopedia is plain text that is displayed in your browser. Printing permitted.

 

Compatible with: Android, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

 

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Salem Literature

Critical Insights series provides classic and current literary criticism of the world’s most-studied literature. Each volume in the series focuses on an individual author’s entire body of work or on a single work of literature. Edited and written by some of academe's most distinguished literary scholars, Critical Insights provides authoritative, in depth scholarship suitable for students and teachers alike.

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ScienceDirect

Science Direct is a scientific database including access to the following collections:  1)  Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2013; 2)  Computer Science 2013; 3)  Earth and Planetary Sciences 2013;  4)Energy 2013;  5)  Engineering 2013;  6)  Environmental Science 2013;  7)  Finance 2013;  8)  Forensics, Security & Criminal Justice 2013;  9)  Mathematics 2013;  10)  Physics and Astronomy 2013;  11)  Psychology 2013;  12)  Health Professions 2013

ScienceDirect ebooks are DRM free

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Mobi (Kindle) and ePub

Springer logo Springer eBooks

Springer eBook Collections offer pdf or html reproductions of Springer print book publications. The collections include the following subjects: 1) Behavorial Science, 2) Business & Economics, 3) Computer Science, 4) Earth & Environmental Science, 5) Engineering, 6) Humanities, Social Science, & Law 7) Medicine.

DRM not required (digital rights managment software) to download pdfs.

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Calif. Digital Library UC Press ebooks collection UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

Access to the entire collection of electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while more than 700 of the titles are available to the public.

Please look for the Public icon next to each of the freely available titles.

 

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University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Collections University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Collections

Pitt Press has selected 521 monographs for open access, including titles from the Pitt Latin American Series, Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, and Composition, Literacy and Culture.

 

Format: You have the option to view content in as a pdf or as an image. Printing permitted.

Compatible with: Android, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch using Bluefire Reader app.

Wiley Online Library Wiley Online Books

A collection featuring Blackwell Publishing, IEEE Press, and Wiley-VCH that includes a broad range of subject areas.

 

Format: Books are in pdf and chapters may be read in the browser using Adobe reader plugin. Chapters may also be downloaded and printed.

 

Compatible with: Android, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Bluefire Reader app.

 

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