Does Harvard have e-books that I can download and read with an e-reader?
Widener and Lamont libraries have begun ordering ebrary books, some of which will be available for full download. To see a list of available ebrary books, go to the ebrary site and click on BROWSE ALL TITLES.
All ebrary ebooks will offer partial downloads for 60 pages or a whole chapter. The partial downloads do not expire, do not require special software, and should work on most computers and devices, including Kindles.
The full downloads will function as digital “loans” for a 14-day period, and the files will expire once the loan period ends. These full downloads will not work on Kindles; they will work on iPads or iPhones, with a specific app and a few additional installation steps.
The Library also has an e-reader program. You can't download the books, but we've pre-loaded Kindles and Nooks with 50 popular titles like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff. You can find them in Hollis by searching keyword "ereader;" or you can view a list of all the titles here. The devices will circulate from participating libraries (Cabot, Countway, Divinity, Kennedy and Lamont) with a loan period of 28 days. Ask for them at the Circulation desks.
Harvard affiliates can download e-books through public libraries that are part of the Minuteman Library Network;you can view available titles here. Click on the "Complete List" link in the upper right-hand corner. A local library card is required. Their Digital Help page is very useful to get you started. You may also be interested in MIT's E-Reading FAQ.