At this point, the MIT Libraries are unable to provide entire books that you can download onto an e-reading device. We would love to provide downloadable e-content of all kinds to the MIT community. Unfortunately, most publishers have made it very difficult or impossible for academic libraries to allow users to download e-books to e-reading devices. We'll continue to work with publishers to get the content that MIT users want, how they want it.
Some e-books and e-journals will allow you to download a PDF of one page, chapter, or article at a time. Generally, if you see that a downloadable PDF is available, you can transfer that PDF to most e-reading devices, including Kindle, iPads, and NOOK. To find out how, see the answer for "How do you transfer a PDF file from a computer to an e-reading device?"
In addition, there are a few ways to get free books for your device:
The steps for transferring a PDF from your computer to your e-reading device are different for each device. Using Dropbox is one popular way, and here are a few guides that can help transfer PDFs to major devices:
MIT users have access to numerous e-books that can be read in a web browser. Go to the Barton catalog to search for the title of e-book, or browse our E-books guide for a list of e-book packages available to the MIT community.
That depends. If the journal allows you to download a PDF of the article, you can transfer it to your e-reading device. See the answer for "How do you transfer a PDF file from a computer to an e-reading device?"
We provide access to a small number of downloadable e-audiobooks through a company called EBSCOhost. You'll need to prepare by doing two things first:
To find these:
There are a few other options for finding audiobooks:
There are many options out there, but here are a few to try:
Also, check out the Reading section of our Apps for Academics guide.
There are many apps you can download to help you save and organize PDFs, and a few good options include GoodReader and iBooks. GoodReader offers more options for annotating, and iBooks is a more simple option. To use iBooks to save PDF email attachments, see this article on "Saving PDF File Attachments for Further Reading." After you download the apps, when you click on an PDF email attachment, you'll be given an option about which app you want to open it with.