We have THREE main collections of e-books. Work with them on a computer or with a downloadable app for your mobile device.
- Proquest E-Book Central (a massive database of nonfiction for research. Access from our database screen in MackinVia.)
Basics for Mackin and Follett for pleasure reading:
- A fast way to see books contained in BOTH collections (Follett and Mackin) is to go the the library’s catalog at Follett Destiny especially if you are searching for a specific title.
- In your search results, the e-Books and audiobooks have distinct icons, and their call numbers end with EB and there is a button to “open” or “play” the book.
- Moving into an e-book, Follett will prompt you for your one login if you are a student.
- If you like the book that you’ve been browsing, check the book out into your account. It then appears in your electronic “book bag” when you log in to the collection.
- You might prefer to open the App to browse for or search for e-books or our audiobooks.
- Password help for staff is here.
- Password help for students: When students encounter prompts for usernames and passwords, they apply their APS ID# (not the “email address”) and their usual APS and StudentVue password.
|The MackinVIA app takes you into the Mackin Collection but it cross-links to list books in the Follett Collection.||The Destiny Discover app from Follett is used to go into the Follett collection, but it cross-links to list books in the Mackin Collection.|
Important: The Mackin and Follett collections cross-link to one another:
Here’s what’s confusing when you are browsing inside the apps: the Mackin Collection will list the books from Follett ‘s collection in your search results. But when you try to “open” a Follett book, it will prompt you for a login to Follett. Just log in with your StudentVue username and password. (If your iPad just spins and spins and doesn’t open the book that you see in Mackin, it’s a Follett book. Our on-campus access has a glitch that means it won’t open when you’re on campus. Try it from home, or just open your Follett Destiny Discover app to try to access it instead.)
In many cases, you have to be inside the collection that houses it (Mackin or Follett Destiny Discover) in order to see if the book is actually available for your checkout. The books can often be browsed briefly or listened to a little, even if it’s already checked out by someone else. If no one has already checked out the book, it’s yours to check out and you should do so, or it won’t hold the point where you left off reading or listening.