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E-Book Collections Guide: Introduction

A brief listing of the major e-book providers and platforms available at UNT.


Below is an alphabetical list of the major publishers and providers of e-books available at UNT. You can read details on the main focus of specialized e-book collections. Platform specifics are also provided, as well as tutorials on how to navigate within proprietary e-book readers, where applicable. Click on the letter tab above or provider name below to go to detailed information.


CQ Press Political Reference Suite
Credo Reference

Early English Books Online
Ebook Library (EBL)
eBooks on EBSCOhost

Gale Virtual Reference Library

IGI Global

Morgan & Claypool

Oxford Reference Online

Safari Tech Books Online

Taylor & Francis



Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) and Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) are both models of library collection development being used at UNT. These models allow your UNT libraries to offer access to digital e-book content via discovery records in UNT's catalog. Titles included as discovery records are carefully pre-selected for scholarly content based on UNT's monograph approval profiles.

Ideally, you are provided with full, seamless access to these selected items. When certain thresholds are reached for an item (e.g., number of pages read or printed, number of times the item has been accessed), the library purchases the item and delivers almost instant access to our patrons, in most cases. The resource may be acquired by UNT permanently, though in some cases we may only acquire access via a short-term loan. PDA/DDA offers a just-in-time solution to the unsustainable rise in the cost of acquiring online resources.


Wikipedia's Definition for QR Code
QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of barcode that consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The QR codes listed in this guide allow you to scan them with a free QR Reader app on your smartphone, so that you can load the catalog record for the title and access the e-book on your smartphone.


Getting Started

This guide has information to help you search for and find e-books at UNT, as well as download and print e-book pages. It also has information about e-reader software, uploading e-books to your device of choice, and how to cite e-books.

About 1/2 million e-book titles are available in the UNT catalog and more are added on a daily basis. (See search box above to find specific titles.)

You can read UNT's e-books on most devices, such as: computers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. The number of pages that can be printed, copied, or downloaded vary depending on the e-book platform.

For downloading titles, many of UNT's e-book providers have specific system requirements. For example, eBooks on EBSCOhost requires that you have the software Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 1.7.1 or higher installed on your computer. ADE is free software that you can easily download. It is available here.

Because of the many platforms and providers that UNT makes available, troubleshooting issues you may be experiencing with accessing/printing/downloading e-books is not cut-&-dried, but depends on the specific title's acquisition particulars, as well as proprietary platform requirements and your own software/hardware. The best method is to submit a detailed message with the title of the e-book and as much information as you are able to provide at: Report a Problem.



Q - What is an e-book?

A - An e-book (also known as an electronic book) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text and images (or both), readable via computer or other electronic device.

Wikipedia provides general information about e-books, as well as comparisons of e-book formats and e-book readers.

Q - Why isn't the book I want in e-book format?

A - Many publishers do not publish e-book versions at the same time as the print book version—many times there's a delay of 3 to 6 months after the print publication before an e-book version is available. Also, even though a publisher may sell an e-book version to individuals, they may not offer that e-book title for sale to academic libraries. Lastly, publishers often charge a much higher price to academic libraries, since there's a potential for much higher usage—these prices vary depending on the publisher or platform, and can be as much as 500% more than the price charged to an individual. Because of budget restrictions, UNT may not be able to acquire the title cost effectively or in a timely manner in e-book format.

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Search for Materials


In the Search for Materials box above, click on the Books & Media tab. Then click on the down arrow on the Collection pull-down menu and highlight Electronic Resources; click once more to select. Enter your subject-specific words in the Search Term(s) field and hit Submit Query. Refine your search using Advanced Search.

Subject Guide

Erin Miller


What is Adobe Digital Editions?

In order to download full titles to your laptop, computer or handheld device, you will need to create a free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) account by simply going to, and providing a username and password of your choice.

With ADE, you may download up to 10 titles at a time and have off-line access to your downloaded titles for up to 14 days. You may return a full title download early and within your ADE account you may also do the following:

  • Take notes
  • Show facing pages
  • Print
  • Transfer titles to handheld devices


Podcast: The Future of the Textbook, as Seen by Publishers
from The Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus, February 25, 2011, By Josh Fischman

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