Adobe Digital Editions: Free proprietary software that offers you the means to view and manage downloaded Google eBooks and Adobe Digital Edition eBooks. Use it to download digital content and transfer DRM-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices, including the Nook™, Sony® Reader, or Kobo® Reader.
Adobe ID: A free membership for the Adobe Digital Editions software that provides the functionality to activate multiple computers and devices for use with DRM-Protected eBook files. Users create a username and password.
Android: (see also “Operating System”) An open source operating system for mobile devices, owned by Google. The main competitor of Apple’s iOS operating system.
App: (see also “Mobile Apps”) Short for “Application.” Software designed for a specific purpose, often limited to working on a specific operating system.
Bluefire Reader: A mobile app that allows the user to open and view eBooks in almost any format. Available for iOS and Android operating systems.
Browser: A program that allows you to "surf" the Internet. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari are examples of web browsers.
Download: To transfer a file or files from a remote computer to the user's computer.
DRM: Stands for “Digital Rights Management,” a technology used to protect digital products from copyright infringement. When you buy a DRM-protected eBook, the eBook is encrypted specifically for you. To view the eBook, you must activate your software, a process that verifies your identity and provides an electronic key for opening your eBooks
Drag & Drop: The action of copying files between computer folders by clicking on a file in one folder, holding down the left mouse button, and moving the file into another folder, and releasing the mouse.
eBook: “Short for "electronic book." Depending on the type of eBook, it can be read on your computer, your phone, or a dedicated reading device.
“eBooks on EBSCOhost”: An extensive collection of eBooks offered from the vendor, EBSCOhost.
eBook Reader: Also known as e-Readers, these refer to hardware devices that are designed primarily for the purpose of reading e-books. Examples include the Kindle™, Nook™, Sony® Reader, and Kobo® Reader.
ePUB: The standard eBook format that makes it possible to optimize and customize text and images for both large displays like a desktop computer and small screens like a smartphone.
iOS: (see also “Operating System”) Operating system used on Apple computer devices such as Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
iTunes: Apple’s application for accessing, storing, organizing, purchasing, and playing audio and other files. Used to sync files to iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices.
Mac: Short for Macintosh. Family of personal computers that run on Apple’s iOS operating system. The main alternative to the common Windows PC computers.
Mobile Apps: Software designed for a specific purpose, to run on hand-held devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers.
Mobile Device: Also referred to as "handheld devices." Generally, pocket-sized devices with computing capabilities (including smartphones, PDAs, etc.). These devices generally offer robust functionality without the restriction associated with heavier, tethered equipment.
MyEbscoHost Account: To download an eBook from “eBooks on EBSCOhost” the user must first create this personal account, which requires the user to create a username and password.
Operating System: A computer program that controls the components of a computer system and facilitates the operation of applications. Windows 7, Windows Vista, Linux, and MacOS are common operating systems.
OverDrive: An extensive collection of eBooks, mostly at public libraries, offered from the vendor, OverDrive.
PC: Short for “personal computer.” Family of personal computers that run on Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The main alternative to Mac computers.
Smart Phone: A mobile phone that that also acts as a mini computer, allowing Internet access and other computing functions in addition to basic phone features.
System Requirements: A listing of the hardware components that a computer program or software requires to run properly.
Tablet: A small flat computer the size of a notebook or smaller, usually with a touch screen display.
USB (port/connection/drive): Stands for “Universal Serial Bus.” A method of connecting a variety of devices directly to a computer using a standardized socket. Also called a “thumb drive” or “flash drive.”
Some definitions copied from:
“eBook Glossary.” 2011. Powell’s Books. http://www.powells.com/ebookstore/ebook_glossary.html