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What is EPUB for EBSCO eBooks?

EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.

EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.

eBooks in EPUB format also provide the user with what is called reflowable text. Reflowable text automatically adjusts to the size of the viewing screen and the size of the text, much like a mobile website. For this reason, EPUB provides a superior reading experience when downloaded to mobile devices and eBook reading devices. In addition, because larger sections of the book are delivered at once, the experience is more seamless than the traditional method of having to load each page individually as a book is read.

The EPUB viewer is the foundational functionality for EBSCO to provide eBooks in EPUB format. While the initial number of titles released was small, we are now processing all available EPUB titles from publishers. Academic titles in EPUB format will have a corresponding PDF version for instances where the exact PDF page needs to be cited for research. EPUB titles from trade publishers, such as Random House, will not have a corresponding PDF, because those publishers do not produce PDFs (and those titles are generally not cited in research). About two thirds of our top academic publishers are currently providing eBooks in EPUB format, which translates to over a thousand titles added in this format per month.

When two formats of a title are available, users will be able to select the desired format from the search result list and upon selecting download.

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