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Ebooks @ Cairn: Mobile Apps for Ebooks

A guide on using ebooks

Reading on the phone or tablet

Many academic databases provide mobile apps for smartphones. Through these apps, the user has access to thousands of books, journals and papers that can be read either online or saved for offline reading.

The list located on this page is not exhaustive. If access to a desktop or laptop is limited, it may be worth your time to search the app store to see if the database you are working with has mobile access.

Remember, set up from desktop site may be required before the mobile app works properly. This may include registering your device.

Mobile academic ebooks apps

  Mobile App Purpose Availability Extra
  • Full text search of numerous databases
  • Save search results for offline access
  • Retrieve in HTML or PDF format
Bluefire Reader
  • Online and offline reading
  • Copy and paste with citation
  • Simulatanous use on 7 different devices from same account

iOS & Android

  Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)      
Google Play Books
  • Archive books when finished
  • Read books offline
  • Unlimited storage of books in the cloud.
APA PsycNET Mobile
  • Access to six databases
  • Access to document details
  • Save documents for later
Overdrive   Free

*Need to visit EBSCOhost website from laptop or desktop prior to mobile visit and set up mobile access.

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Popular ebook apps








B&N Nook







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Sony e-Reader





*All apps are available for Apple and Android devices

All logos and images in this guide are property of their respective copyright holders.