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eBooks: eBooks

Searching, accessing and using the State Libraries eBook collections

eBook Libraries

eBook Collection (Ebscohost)

Available to the State Library's home access subscribers. A collection of online ebooks and resource materials covering a wide range of subjects in the social sciences and humanities. A number of Australian titles are included. Subjects covered include arts and entertainment, business and economy, education, history, government and law.

Free eBooks: the ultimate guide

A website that links to free eBooks from various organisations. Developed by FreeBookNotes.

Other free ebook libraries

Google Books

Project Gutenberg

Important software

Adobe digital editions iconAdobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access ebooks downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Bluefire Reader IconBluefire Reader app for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

The Bluefire Reader app allows you to download ebooks in ePub or PDF format that are protected with Adobe DRM directly to an Apple device such as the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. You can also transfer ebooks to the Bluefire Reader app from Adobe Digital Editions.

Bluefire Reader app for Android Devices

The Bluefire Reader app allows you to download ebooks in ePub or PDF format that are protected with Adobe DRM directly to an Android device. 

Aldico App IconAldiko App - eBook Reader Application for Android

The Aldiko app allows you to read ebooks, in ePub or PDF format that are protected with Adobe DRM, that have been transferred from Adobe Digital Editions to an Android device.

What are ebooks?

eBook is an abbreviation for an electronic book that is available in full text online. Some eBooks are old books that are no longer subject to copyright and have been scanned and made available on the web. Many old books can be accessed via free databases such as Google Books. The State Library of South Australia has a subscription to several eBook Libraries.

Some eBooks are protected with a digital rights management system (DRM). DRM can limit copying, printing, and sharing of eBooks. EBooks are usually limited to a certain number of reading devices and some e-publishers prevent any copying or printing.

These pages will help you start using these resources.

Reading EBSCOhost eBooks on an iPad

  • Get the app Bluefire Reader for your iPad
  • Open the app on your iPad and authorize it with your Adobe account that you’ve created previously with Digital Editions.
  • If you haven’t got one of these accounts, you’ll need to first download Adobe Digital Editions on your computer as this is what you need to read ebooks on pcs and macs
  • Download and install adobe digital editions on your computer
  • Create your Adobe account
  • Go to step two and authorize the application
  • Go to eBooks
  • Click on eBook Collection
  • Search  for <insert random keyword here>
  • Click on download (offline)
  • Click on sign in now
  • If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one (there’s a link on the right hand side of the page)
  • Then, click on download (offline again)
  • You should see a new browser screen opening and then the option to open in BlueFire Reader
  • Wait a while and the eBook should download and open in BlueFire reader

Home Access to eBooks

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To access our eBook collections you need to register for home access. You will also gain access to a number of other databases available through our eResources collection.