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E-books: Downloading e-books: Software & Devices

A guide to help you find ebooks in the Library Catalog.



Each e-book database allows you to read the full-text e-book within the database interface on most desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Most e-books are navigable by a Table of Contents, usually found on the left hand side of the screen. For full functionality (annotating, highlighting, bookmarking etc.), you will need to create a seperate account with each database.


Keep in mind that some platforms don't allow you to download the entire e-book file to your computer. Some allow for chapter by chapter downloads or sending a chapter via email (ABC-CLIO eBooks and Ebrary lets you do this). If you wish to download an e-book in EBSCO eBook Collection, you will need to download Adobe Digital Additions to your home computer. Note: Adobe Digital Additions is not available on the Library's computers. EBSCO will only allow you to save or email up to 6 pages of an e-book at one time.

If you have trouble navigating any e-book platform, please contact the reference desk at 813-257-3057 or come visit us in person.


  • Can I use the library's databases on the Kindle?

   Not yet. Although the Kindle can read .pdfs if you save them from the database and then upload them to the Kindle.

  • Getting Free Books

Here are a few places to find free books to read on the Kindle.

(NOTE: Many free works are available as .PDFs. To get a .PDF document on your Kindle, first save the document to your computer. Then, connect your computer and Kindle with the USB cable and save the documents to the Kindle.)



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Leslie Vega
Macdonald-Kelce Library
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606