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E-Textbook Availability

A *select* number of textbooks are available as ebooks on our database platforms.

Please note the following: 

  • We do *not* have ebook versions available for all course texts.
  • Some of the ebooks allow only one or three users at a time. 
  • Limits on access and availability are set by publishers, not the library or university.

Have more questions about e-textbooks available from the library? Contact us!

Current Semester Titles

Spring 2024 E-Textbooks

The following list includes links to available e-textbooks for current semester courses. 

Course Instructor Title Link Platform Ebook ISBN
BUS 307 Bolender Toyota Way O'Reilly 9781260468526
BWS 105 TBD Souls of Black Folk Ebook Central 9780826262844
BWS 105 TBD Blue-Chip Black Ebook Central 9780520940697
EDUC 350 Kaka Differentiation in Middle and High School Ebook Central 9781416620198
EDUC 350 Kaka Handbook for the New Art and Science of Teaching Ebook Central 9781947604322
ENG 177 DeMarco Yvain : The Knight of Lion Ebook Central 9780300187588
FIN 300 Younkman Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities O'Reilly 9780128150764
GEOG 370 Toenjes Urban Social Geography Ebook Central 9781317903260
HHK 163 Carlson StrengthsFinder 2.0 EBSCO Ebooks 9781595620156
HIST 111 Hysell Why the Middle Ages Matter Ebook Central 9780203803868
HIST 116 Chen Analects of Confucius Ebook Central 9781504041232
HIST 276 Chen Unimaginable Atrocities Oxford Academic 9780191739361
HIST 276 Chen West and China Since 1500 Ebook Central 9780230286887

PHYS 320

Schroeder Introduction to Thermal Physics Oxford Academic 9780191915000
SOAN 117 Dean Unequal Childhoods Ebook Central 9780520949904
SOAN 300 Kim Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution Cambridge Core 9781009256148
SOAN 300 Kim Policing Empires Oxford Academic 9780197621691
THEA 110 Sadler Doubt Ebook Central 9781559366205
THEA 110 Sadler Angels in America Ebook Central 9781559367691
THEA 180 Granger Smartphone Video Storytelling O'Reilly 9781351796552
WGS 110 Schrock Stripped De Gruyter 9780814739099
WGS 110 Schrock Gender Knot Ebook Central 9781439911853
WGS 110 Schrock Women's Movements in the Global Era Ebook Central 9780429975189

Purchasing Course Ebooks

Students can buy physical and digital textbooks via the OWU Campus Store

Have questions about bookstore purchases? Email or call 740-368-3396. 

Sharing Course Ebooks

Some ebook versions of textbooks are available for rent and/or purchase via Amazon, directly from the publisher, or on platforms like VitalSource or RedShelf. This prompts some obvious questions: 


Why can't the library buy the ebook off Amazon, etc., and share the link?

Platforms like Amazon and VitalSource require individual accounts to identify buyers and users, so that only that account can access that purchased title. We can't provide a link to the whole university that would only work for one person.


But Amazon has family sharing!

Yes, Amazon allows Prime members to create a household/family library and the ability to share purchased content within that group. However, that group is limited to 2 adults and 4 children, and not all titles are not enabled for lending. In fact, most academic textbooks and bestsellers are *not* available for lending.

You can check and see if a title can be lent in your household group by looking at a title's Product Details section on their Amazon page: 

amazon product details lending enabled


Why are some titles available for the library to buy as ebooks and some aren't?

Ebook availability and access is determined by the book's publisher. They get to choose where it's sold and how it can be accessed. Within those parameters and those of our budget, the Library makes available as many titles as it can to as many people as it can.

Other Sources for E-books

Students should also check the ebook collections of their local public libraries. While most public libraries don't hold academic textbooks, they might have other titles on your class reading lists available for ebook checkout.