eBooks

We at Broadview Press are pleased to offer the majority of our titles for sale as eBooks through Google Play, as well as through our website and bookstore partner platforms like RedShelf, VitalSource, Perusall and Campus eBookstore. We strongly recommend Google Play due to its ease of use, and as it provides both original page layout and flowing text formats when available in a single purchase.

Broadview eBooks purchased through our website are available in either PDF or EPUB format (where indicated); PDFs offer a fixed layout similar to the printed book while EPUBs feature reflowable content suitable for reading books on e-readers, tablets, or smartphones. Please click on the link below for more details regarding the different advantages of these file types. Please note that Broadview eBooks (both PDF and EPUB format) are protected using Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software and are limited to use on devices associated with a single Adobe ID. If you have any questions about this feature, please visit the Adobe Digital Editions FAQ page.

The majority of our titles that are available through Google Play include for one price access to both the original page layout (equivalent to a PDF with the same page references as the print text) and flowing text layout (equivalent to EPUB). A few especially long titles, or those with complicated formatting, are only available in original layout. You may confirm before purchasing by clicking “view sample > TT display options > view” and toggling between original pages and flowing text.

All titles that are offered as an eBook will display this option on their respective product pages, above the “Buy Now” button. If you have any questions about Broadview eBooks, please email us at ebooks@broadviewpress.com.

Please note: We do not ordinarily accept returns on digital products, but if there was an error with your order, please contact us at customerservice@broadviewpress.com within 3 business days after the date of purchase and we will be happy to assist you. The Customer Service department is available between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time.

Information for Instructors

If you are interested in having your students purchase their eBooks through your campus bookstore, please consult with the bookstore staff to determine the best method for doing so. In almost all cases, Broadview Press can make eBooks available to campus bookstores using one of the platforms mentioned above, depending on the bookstore’s existing affiliation.

For instructors considering Inclusive Access adoptions for their class, Broadview offers this option through RedShelf and Vital Source.

If you are interested in having students purchase their eBooks directly—either from our website or from Google Play, RedShelf, VitalSource, Perusall or Campus eBookstore—please feel free to distribute any of the information on this page or include it on your syllabus.

Purchasing Through the Broadview Website

Once you have found a title that you wish to purchase, you will need to select from the list of available formats—print, PDF, or EPUB—and then click on the “Buy Now” button. For more information about the different formats, please see the section below.

You will be provided with a summary of your order and a total price (including shipping for bound books) on the shopping cart page. You may continue shopping if you wish, or you may proceed to checkout. You will be asked to enter your payment information and then submit your order. Please note that the Broadview website accepts only credit card payment.

An invoice and order confirmation will be sent to you via email immediately upon purchase. If you have ordered a Broadview eBook, a download link will be provided as part of your invoice. Do not click on this link until you have read the How to Download Your eBook directions below.

If you experience any difficulty with your online order, please contact us at customerservice@broadviewpress.com and we will be happy to assist you.

How to Download Your Ebook

Broadview eBooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform and can be read on your computer (compatible with both PC and Mac), tablet, or smartphone (iOS or Android). Our eBooks are protected using Adobe’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) software and are limited to use on devices associated with a single Adobe ID. If you have any questions about this feature, please visit the Adobe Digital Editions FAQ page.

Please note that Kindle devices do not currently support our eBook files as they are not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.

Please read and follow these steps before downloading your eBook:

  1. To access your eBook, you will need to download a free copy of the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Next, create an Adobe ID and authorize your copy of Adobe Digital Editions before downloading the file. Failure to authorize your copy of Adobe Digital Editions before downloading the file will mean that you are unable to synch your eBook to any other device.
  3. Once you have downloaded and authorized Adobe Digital Editions, you may then use the program to open and read your eBook on your device.
  4. To view your eBook purchase on a mobile device or tablet, you will need to download the Adobe Digital Editions app for either iOS or Android devices, and to ensure that the app is authorized with your Adobe ID before downloading the file.

PDF or EPUB?

Broadview eBooks most commonly available in two formats: PDF and EPUB.

Either format will work for most devices, but if you are using a mobile device or e-reader, an EPUB will have some advantages (reflowable text, interactive features). PDFs mirror the formatting of the print book, including retaining print page numbers. If an eBook is being purchased for course use, and it’s crucial that all students be able to reference the same page or flip quickly to a specific passage, then PDF files might be your preferred choice.

EPUB format:

  • Reflowable text: easier to read on mobile devices and e-readers because it will adjust to the size of your screen
  • Also compatible with desktops and laptops (Mac or PC)
  • Includes more interactive features, including dictionaries, note-taking, highlighting, linked footnotes, and hyperlinks to live web sources

PDF format:

  • PDF files retain the page numbers of the print text
  • Fixed layout similar to the print book (keeps the specific print formatting—this can be useful for titles with complex formatting [facing-page editions, drama, some poetry titles])
  • Text is not reflowable, so this format is best for reading on larger screens such as those found on desktops/laptops.

To help visualize the difference between these formats, please see the same selection viewed in both below:

Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation which has helped make possible our offering of ebooks.