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E-books for e-readers, tablets, and laptops

Discovering e-books by catalog

Use our catalog to find e-books by limiting the search format to "books" and "online".  Note that this search will include not only recently published e-books but also digital government reports and historical documents.


Browse for e-books

If you'd like to browse e-books by platform or publisher platform, use these links. Some e-book platforms have content for only limited subjects whereas others have e-books from many academic and professional disciplines.

  eBook Collection (EBSCO)
A collection of current imprint digital books covering a wide range of subjects.

  ProQuest Ebook Central

E-books covering a wide range of subjects.


Includes full-text of CRC books and guides about GIS, environmental science and engineering, geoscience and social sciences

  Books 24x7
Digital books about IT and Engineering topics.

  Business Expert Press
Applied concise ebooks on marketing, management, operations, accounting and managerial finance by experts for non-experts

  OECD iLibrary
Full text access to all of the books, periodicals, statistics and working papers produced by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development since 1998. Statistics are available via pdf files or via interactive databases with downloadable Excel or comma delimited text. Metadata is easily accessible. Books, periodicals and working papers may be searched by title or subject fields or in full text. Browsing by publication type or thematic subject is also available. SourceOECD comprises 20 Book collections by theme, containing all our monographs and reports; 24 periodicals; a reference title; and the OECD statistical databases.

An integrated database for journals, books, protocols, eReferences, and book series published by Springer. Villanova has full-text access to more than 2,500 fully peer-reviewed journals and some books, including the Lecture Notes in Mathematics and Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series.

  Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
A collection of 50- to 100-page electronic books that synthesize important research or development topics, authored by a prominent contributors to the field. The publisher attempts to offer unique value to the reader by providing more synthesis, analysis, and depth than typical research journal articles. They are also more modular and dynamic than traditional print or digital handbooks.

Formats & Digital Rights Management (DRM)

  • The list below shows the download formats used by our various e-book suppliers.
  • All of our e-book content can be read online with an active internet connection. 
  • The interfaces are not optimized for tablet or mobile viewing and work best with laptops.
  • Ebrary and EBSCOhost book chapters may also be downloaded in PDF format. 
  • Adobe Digital Editions supports restrictive digital rights management (DRM).  Most e-books compatible with this program expire after the checkout period.
  • DRM on Adobe Digital Editions precludes downloading and transferring e-books on library PCs.  You must use a personal computer with Adobe Digital Editions registered to the individual user.
  • PDF books can be downloaded in whole or part and are yours for keeps.

Online Only

PDF for

Adobe Reader

Adobe Digital Editions

Books 24/7 CRCNet Ebscohost
  Business Expert Press ebrary
  OECD iLibrary  
  Synthesis Digital Library  

Downloading & Checking out E-books to Adobe Digital Editions (EBSCOhost e-books or ebrary)

  • Browse or search the e-book collection via our Book Catalog or one of the e-book databases listed above.
  • Preview e-book full text.
  • If you only need a chapter download or email it in PDF format.  This is a kindness to other potential users as the book will remain available to all.
  • Before downloading the book to read offline, install a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions onto your laptop.
  • Create an EBSCOhost or ebrary account and sign in.  You do not have to use a Villanova email address.
  • Download the e-book and it will automatically be available for reading in Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Checked out e-books expire after 7 days.
  • If you want to download an e-book already in use, place a hold on it and receive an email notification when it is available for checkout.
  • Kindle Fire, Nook and Sony E-readers users can transfer e-books to their device via Adobe Digital Editions.  Kindle Readers do not support this functionality.
  • iPad's do not support Adobe Digital Editions.  Ebscohost and ebrary e-books may be downloaded directly on the tablet with a reader application.
  • When using a public workstation you can checkout an EBSCOhost e-book but you can not download it to a public workstation because Adobe Digital Editions must be registered to an individual.  An EBSCOhost e-book that is checked out can be downloaded to a personal machine by signing in and accessing the folder.
  • Ebrary e-books should not be downloaded in their entirety at a public workstation because they cannot be transferred to another device easily.  Ebrary e-books downloaded to public workstations will only be available to the individual logged into that workstation from that workstation.

EBSCOhost ebook download options

Transfer E-book to Your E-reader

  • Dedicated e-readers (Nook, Kindle Fire, Sony eReader) and  touchscreen tablets with e-reader apps can be more comfortable for reading e-books than computers.  They fit in your hand like a book, touch screens facilitate advancing the page and they all offer convenient tools such as keyword searching and bookmarking with notes.
  • If you are using a Kindle Fire download  Aldiko Book Reader App, and transfer the file from Adobe Digital Editions to your Kindle Fire.
  • If you are using an iPad download the Bluefire Reader App for Apple iOS.  EBSCOhost e-books and ebrary e-books will automatically open in the Bluefire reader.
  • If you are using a Barnes & Noble Nook or Sony eReader Touch edition, transfer the file from Adobe Digital Editions on your computer to your device.  With the Nook the book appears in the I Library.  The Sony eReader has not been tested by Falvey Memorial Library.
  • Mobile devices can be used to read EBSCOhost and ebrary e-books with reader apps such as txtr, Bluefire or Aldiko.  Find the one compatible with your operating system and preferences.
  • The Amazon Kindle and Kindle Touch are not compatible with the e-books offered by Falvey Memorial Library.
lhauck Linda Hauck
Business Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Falvey Library, Room 222


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