eBooks or electronic books can be accessed anywhere, anytime and can be read on personal portable devices. Charles Sturt University Library purchases a growing number of quality eBooks to support teaching, learning and research.
eBooks are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Different publishers apply different levels of DRM restrictions which may limit the number of devices an eBook can be copied to, or impose limits on borrowing, printing, downloading and modifying. Some publisher's collections of eBooks are DRM free.
DRM is applied to various file formats. The most widely used eBook file formats are Adobe (.pdf) and (.epub) but some big companies like Amazon use their own file format (.azw).