I’m sure more than a few of you are familiar with the lovely storehouse of electronic literature that is OverDrive. Whether you’re perusing through digital equivalents of library hard-copy materials, or seeking the latest additions to the Library’s electronic bookshelves, our eLibrary is a treasure trove of fun and interesting reads for the technologically connected.
But did you know that our site plays host to another rather extensive eBook archive? EBSCOhost has a selection of over 27,000 eBooks available to choose from, and all can be found right on our Reference Databases page. Once you’re in, you can scan the highlighted picks, search the listed categories, or simply look up whatever you want. Navigating the page is a fairly hassle-free affair, and a few handy links grant access to the information titan that is GALILEO if you tire of browsing. Most of the books can be read right in your browser, without the need for a media console or management tool, though if you really want to bypass the joy of clicking the same arrow button 203 times, creating a free My EBSCOhost account is quick and painless, and lets you check out the full PDF for up to seven days.
Just a fair warning, though: Don’t expect to find the latest James Patterson or John Grisham. While there are fiction titles (including many classics), much of it is pretty heavy stuff–and the nonfiction covers everything from applications in quantum chemistry, to the state of feminist-based NGOs in Central Africa, to some things considerably more esoteric. The 7-day check out can be a bit of a bummer, but when you factor in the typical price tag for books of such density (FYI: they ain’t cheap) plus their ready-availability in your browser at any time, it’s hard to find much grounds for complaint.
So if you’re looking for a good, challenging read, show a little love to eBooks on EBSCOhost. Think of it as OverDrive’s stuffy, college-bound older brother–a little stiff and foreboding at first blush, but full of fascinating information if you’re willing to take the time to chat a bit.