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eBooks at Olympic College: Glossary of Terms

Find out how to search and download eBooks at Olympic College Library.

eBook Glossary of Terms

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