I’ve been reading eBooks on iPad for almost a year, and I really love it. I think the very best part is that I don’t need a light to read at night in the dark (thumbs up for the back-lit screen). And now, Hostos Library’s ebook vendor, ebrary, offers the option to download eBooks.
Once you download an entire eBook, you’ll have 2 weeks before the title expires. You can download individual chapters that you can keep forever.
Search ebrary for titles you’re interested in, and then download them to your desktop or laptop, using Adobe Digital Editions. The software (Adobe Digital Editions) is a good interface for reading eBooks on a desktop or laptop, and it is also the software you use to transfer the eBook to a mobile device or eBook reader.
If you’re using a mobile device (like a tablet or smartphone), you’ll need to have an an eBook reading app that works with Adobe DRM. For iPhone and iPad, I really like the BlueFire reading app.
If you decide to just download chapters (rather than the entire book), you can download the chapter as a PDF, and you won’t need any special eBook reading software.