Ebook Help

Ebook Overview

What is an Ebook?

Digital books, more commonly known as ebooks, are as simple as their name implies. They are electronic/digital versions of their print counterpart. They are distributed on computers and typically read with an electronic reading device/program.

How many Ebooks does Perma-Bound carry?

The number of ebooks currently offered by Perma-Bound changes on a daily basis. We will continue to add new digital content from a variety publishers to meet your classroom and library needs.

What file type(s) does Perma-Bound use for Ebooks?

Perma-Bound provides ebooks in the industry-standard PDF and HTML5 formats that can be read with a variety of web browsers.

When I purchase an Ebook, do I own it forever?

TThe length of the time you own an ebook is dependent on the license or subscription model you purchased the ebook under. For the majority of ebooks sold from Perma-Bound, the ebook has a perpetual license. Those ebooks sold on a subscription basis are noted as such.

How do I order Ebooks from Perma-Bound

You can order ebooks from Perma-Bound using the same methods you would to order a regular print book. They can be found on our website and in our print catalogs and brochures. You can build a list on the website to order, contact Customer Service, or your local sales representative may assist you.

How does Perma-Bound deliver the Ebooks?

When you order ebooks from Perma-Bound, the access to the ebooks will be sent out in following methods to make it easy for everyone to use.

  1. My Account — If the customer who has ordered the ebooks has a website account, the URL(s) to access the ebook files will also be posted to a special left-hand menu option on the My Account page. This will provide 24/7 access to all ebooks purchased from Perma-Bound in an easy-to-use location and format.
  2. MARC Record - The third method of ebook access delivery is through the MARC records created for the titles. We will add your unique ebook URL into the 856 tag of the MARC record for the ebook. These MARC records can be uploaded into your circulation system just as print book records can be, so that all users can access the record and therefore the MARC record ebook URL. As with our print versions, Perma-Bound Teacher's Guides do not include MARC records, as this would give students access to the entire guide—including the tests and answer keys.
Is an Internet connection required to read Ebooks?

YYes, you will need an internet connection in order to access the ebook URLs provided by Perma-Bound on a web browser. That being said, digital content can be accessed offline using our apps to download the material for use without a connection later. In order to get our app on your handheld device, go to the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon Play Store and search for “ehub” to find and install our free app. Once done, all you have to do is log-in to have access to all the digital content you have purchased through Perma-Bound, and be able to download any digital materials that Publishers have allowed for downloading.

What browsers we recommend that work best with our Ebooks:

A Windows PC or Mac OS X with one of the following Browser:

We recommend that you always upgrade to the latest browser for the best performance. With these newer browsers, you can access all our eReader’s features, including two-page display and search. Since the eReader is HTML5-based, that’s all you need.

Is processing available for Ebooks?

Yes if you request it, as with print materials from Perma-Bound, ebooks purchased from Perma-Bound will come with free MARC records and will include whatever special specification options you have selected within the record, including unique barcode numbers for ebook titles. The URL to access the ebook file is placed in the 856 tag of the record, which is one of the three methods of access that Perma-Bound provides. As with our print versions, Perma-Bound Teacher's Guides do not include MARC records, as this would give students access to the entire guide—including the tests and answer keys. To ensure you have the proper processing specifications on file for ebooks, contact our customer service department at 800.637.6581, or by email at

Can Ebooks be uploaded into my circulation system?

Yes if you request it, we provide free MARC records with our ebooks. You can upload the MARC records for ebooks just like you do for print books, and with the ebook URL in the 856 tag, users can have easy access to the ebooks you've purchased. As with our print versions, Perma-Bound Teacher's Guides do not include MARC records, as this would give students access to the entire guide—including the tests and answer keys. To ensure you have the proper processing specifications on file for ebooks, contact our customer service department at 800.6376581 or by email at

Do I receive the actual Ebook file itself?

No, when you purchase an ebook you are purchasing a license to access the ebook file. The ebook files reside on Perma-Bound's servers, or in some instances the servers of the publishers. You will be provided with 24/7 access to the ebooks you have purchased/licensed, and you do not need to worry about storage, accidentally deleting the file, or where to give your users access to the files.

Do I have to store the Ebooks on my computer?

When you purchase an ebook from Perma-Bound, you don't have to worry about finding and maintaining storage of the ebook. The ebook files will reside on Perma-Bound's server for easy 24/7 access by all users.

Are there any technical requirements for Ebooks?

The minimum technical requirements to access ebooks on your device are an active internet connection and a compatible web browser—preferably an HTML5-based browser such as Internet Explorer 9 or higher, which will allow you to access the full complement of eReader features.

A Windows PC or Mac OS X with one of the following Browser: Smart devices with one of the following:
  • Apple devices running iOS 7.0 or higher
  • Android devices running version 3.0 or higher
  • Kindle Fire HD 7 second generation or higher
  • We support Google Chromebooks
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    Digital Rights Management Questions:

    What does DRM mean?

    DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. DRM is the security system for an electronic file—such as an ebook—that will control checkout periods, the ability to copy and paste, the ability to print the ebook, the ability to perform a screen capture, and the ability to save the ebook to a location other than where it is supposed to reside. The DRM controls put in place on the ebooks are mandated by the publishers of that content, and can vary among publishers.

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    Reader Questions:

    What is a "reader"?

    A "reader" is the generic term used to refer to any software or hardware program that can be used to open and read an Ebook file. A few examples of current readers that Perma-Bound supports are listed below.

    Computers—software based readers running on them Smartphones Tablets Will Ebooks from Perma-Bound work with our computer or reader?

    Perma-Bound's Ebooks will open and display on personal computers, notebooks and Chromebooks with current web browsers (see the list here), and on tablets running Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems (click here for more information). They will also work on smartphones running iOS, running the same operating system versions as tablets. At the present time, they will not work on dedicated eReaders such as Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

    Do Ebooks from Perma-Bound have text-to-speech?

    We are looking into text-to-speech but we do not have this function at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.

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    Usage Questions:

    How do I access Ebooks from Perma-Bound?

    You can access the ebooks purchased from Perma-Bound on any device that has an internet connection and a PDF viewer installed.

    Can someone at another school access our Ebooks?

    No, when you purchase an ebook you purchase a license to access that ebook file from the location at which it was purchased. If a user from another location wishes to view an ebook in your collection, they will have to visit your location to legally do so.

    How many users can use an Ebook at one time?

    The number of users that can access an ebook at one point in time depends on the number of licenses purchased for that ebook. Most ebooks are sold in a 1:1 license model, meaning that for every single ebook file you purchase, only one user can access it at a time.

    Can Ebooks be used on a whiteboard?

    Yes, the majority of ebooks from Perma-Bound can be used on whiteboards; however, some publisher-controlled ebook licenses restrict them from being used on whiteboards. The usage of ebooks on whiteboards actually opens up a whole new teaching medium for the ebooks. For example, the display of an ebook on a whiteboard is often referred to as the new Big Book—as it allows an entire class to view the book at the same time like a print Big Book. Perma-Bound also carries eMaterials specifically tailored for use on whiteboards.

    I tried to cut and paste some text from an Ebook, but all I got was random text. What happened?

    If you get random text when you try to copy and paste, that means that the publisher asked us to prohibit copying and pasting from that Ebook.

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    License/Usage Types:


    Only one user at a time can access the ebook.


    Provides unlimited simultaneous access to all users at a building or library level. If the ebook is downloadable, the title would also be restricted to users at the building or Library level. A single site (one building), unlimited simultaneous access license, allows unlimited simultaneous access to such Licensed Materials for your single site Authorized Users. For Institutions or Consortiums with multiple locations, each applicable location must have its own one to unlimited license.


    User must have an Internet connection to access the ebook.


    User can download the ebook to a maximum of 6 personal devices in a One-to-One format.

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