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Ebook means “electronic book” — a book that is stored in a digital format to be displayed on electronic devices such as handheld computers.

Ebooks are popular because of their many advantages, including:

  • Ebooks are highly portable. Because they are digital, you can fit many volumes of ebooks in a tiny space. This also helps address the problem of heavy student backpacks.

  • Ebooks can include links to other resources. Ebooks can link to pictures, dictionaries, writing tools, additional scaffolded information, and notes.

  • Ebooks can go with you wherever you are (as long as you have your handheld). People read more when they have more access to reading materials.

  • Ebooks are “kid-friendly.” Kids are used to small electronic devices, and for some hesitant readers, presentation of text in smaller chunks is more comfortable.


In order to use ebooks, you need three things:

  1. A device on which to read the ebook (hardware)
  2. Ebook reader software
  3. Ebook content

For more information, see:

Ebook Devices

Ebooks can be read on a variety of kinds of hardware, including:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Handheld devices
  • SmartPhones
  • Some MP3 players
  • Proprietary ebook readers, such as the Kindle and the Nook

Ebook Reader Software

In order to read an ebook, you need an ebook reader program that is compatible with your device.

Below is a list of some of the most common ebook reader software programs. Many of these have free versions available.

Ebook Content

Once you have a device to read ebooks on and software to read with, all you need is an actual ebook! There are many sources for ebooks listed below.

One thing to be aware of is that each ebook reader software program has its own format. As a result, you need to make sure that your ebooks are compatible with the ebook reader you have. There are some plain text, generic formats of ebooks that can be read by a variety of ebook readers, such as DOC. (Note: This is not the same as the .doc format for Microsoft Word documents.) One drawback of DOC files is that they do not have special features like links or pictures.

Free Ebooks:

Commercial Ebooks:

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