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Ebooks @ Cairn: About ebooks

A guide on using ebooks

Introduction to ebooks

An ebook or electronic book is a book in ditigal format. They are available in many formats and can be read on computers, kindles, nooks, etc. Ebooks may be downloaded, printed and accessed online anytime and anywhere. 

Ebook Glossary

Supported ebook readers

Many of our ebooks are available as PDFs and this format is supported by many ebook readers. Here's a chart listing the capabilities of several major e-reader devices. Some of our downloadable ebooks use Abobe Digital Editions to set expiration periods; here's a list of compatible devices.We do not provide support for loading ebooks onto your device.

We recommend these apps for reading most of our downloadable ebooks:

Looking for help with your ereader? Here's some books from our collection:

Understanding different ebook formats

  • azw

Used primarily by Amazon for Kindles this format has it's own DRM formatting.

Portable document format is used by Adobe Systems. It is used present documents in a fixed layout that can include text, images or a variety of information.

Electronic publication is a free and open format from the International Digital Publishing Forum. This format is available on a variety of devices and may contain DRM rights depending on the publisher.


A complete list of ebook formats can be found on Wikipedia.