eBooks are digital full text versions of books that can be accessed online.
eBooks can generally be placed in two categories, an eBook that is hosted directly on a publisher's platform, and those that are hosted by a corporation, often referred to as an aggregator. Conditions of use vary.
Aggregator Platforms - EBSCO, ProQuest, Ovid
- eBooks can be in PDF or EPUB format
- More restrictions apply to printing, downloading and saving
- Readable online before you are required to download or 'borrow'
Publisher Platforms - SpringerLink, Wiley, SAGE, Ovid
- eBooks are in PDF format
- Fewer restrictions on downloading, saving or printing though copyright restrictions still apply
- No loan periods