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eBook Collection Development

Our collection development librarians curate hundreds of e-book collections covering a wide range of topics. Below are some of the newest, most up-to-date collections. Log in to EBSCOhost Collection Manager to see the full list of available collections or contact your EBSCO sales representative for more information.

DRM-Free E-Book Collections

DRM-Free E-Book Collections

EBSCO is pleased to offer a growing collection of over 150,000 DRM-free e-books from some of the world’s best academic and university presses. DRM-free removes print limits, download limits, copy and paste restrictions and download expirations to maximize an e-books portability and usability. To help discover some of the great new DRM-free content EBSCO’s collection development librarians have created a variety of collections, making selection of DRM-free content quick and easy. The curated collections below contain DRM-Free e-books in high interest, in-demand subjects.

  • DRM-Free - Award Winners
  • DRM-Free - New Releases
  • DRM-Free - Commerce & Finance
  • DRM-Free - Educational Theory & Practice
  • DRM-Free - Internal Medicine
  • DRM-Free - Religion
  • DRM-Free - Social & Public Welfare

Best of 2018

Best of 2018

All e-books in this collection appear on Best Books of 2018 lists. Sources include Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, New York Times, NPR and many more. This collection contains fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult e-books.

Highlighted titles:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

New Releases Collection

New Releases Collection

Hot off the e-press! Find all the newest content in this collection featuring titles released in the past month from top publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Houghton Mifflin and Hachette Book Group.

Highlighted titles: ​​​​​

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • The 18th Abduction by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
  • A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell

Popular Adult Fiction Collection

Popular Adult Fiction Collection

This collection contains titles from the New Popular Adult Fiction collection going back to 2000. You’ll find bestselling, high-demand popular fiction titles covering a broad range of subjects to suit a variety of reader interests. Included are titles from top authors, such as Dan Brown, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Gillian Flynn, and more, as well as New York Times Bestsellers and the latest blockbusters.

Highlighted titles:​​

  • Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  • Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R. R. Martin
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Publishers include Penguin Random House, Hachette, Algonquin and Perseus.


Popular Adult Nonfiction Collection

Popular Adult Nonfiction Collection

This collection contains titles from the Popular Adult Nonfiction collection going back to 1996, including nonfiction titles from top trade publishers. You’ll find popular topics covering business, current events, cooking, health and fitness, history, medicine, political science, sports and recreation, science, travel, and more.

Highlighted titles:​​​

  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
  • Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin

Popular Young Adult Fiction Collection

Popular Young Adult Fiction Collection

This Collection offers bestselling, high-demand popular fiction titles for young adult readers, covering a broad range of subjects to suit a variety of reader interests. Included are titles from top authors such as Sarah Dessen, David Levithan, and Laurie Halse Anderson, as well as New York Times Bestsellers and the latest blockbusters.

Highlighted titles: 

  • Furyborn by Clare Legrand
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Popular Juvenile Fiction & Nonfiction

Popular Juvenile Fiction & Nonfiction

This collection offers bestselling, high-demand popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks for juvenile readers, covering a broad range of subjects to suit a variety of reader interests. It includes e-books from high quality publishers such as Algonquin Young Readers, Lerner Publishing Group, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group, as well as New York Times Bestsellers and award-winning titles.

Highlighted titles:

  • Escape From the Palace by Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore, and Kate Hindley
  • The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
  • Wonder Park: The Movie Novel by Sadie Chesterfield

Adult Award Winners Collection

Adult Award Winners Collection

If you’re looking to expand or start an adult collection including popular and literary fiction and nonfiction, start here. This collection includes the best of the best of adult literature, and every title has either won or been shortlisted for an award.

Highlighted Titles:

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016 National Book Award Winner; 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
  • How to Survive a Plague by David France (2017 Stonewall Award)
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (2017 Edgar Allen Poe Award)

Top publishers include Hachette, Penguin Random House and McFarland.


Best Sellers Collection

Best Sellers Collection

All titles in this collection have appeared on a national best sellers list such as the New York Times Best Seller List, Los Angeles Times Best Seller List, USA Today Best Seller List, Wall Street Journal Best Seller List and other national seller listings. This collection contains more than 800 titles. 

Notable titles within the collection include:

  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
  • The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Ken Burns

Notable publishers include Trajectory, Penguin Random House, Hachette, Perseus, Workman, and many more.


Library Journal Best Reference 2017 Collection

Library Journal Best Reference 2017 Collection

Each year Library Journal's reference reviewers and editors compile a list of the most relevant and useful reference titles published that year.  Included are both broad titles that would have appeal to the general public, as well as titles that provide more depth for an academic audience.

Highlighted Titles:

  • Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel by DK
  • Race in American Film: Voices and Visions That Shaped a Nation by Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green
  • The Vietnam War by Smithsonian Institution

Best of 2017 Collection

Best of 2017 Collection

All titles in this collection appear on Best Books of 2017 lists. Sources include Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Book List and many more. This collection contains fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult titles.

Top Titles include:

  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

EBSCO Reads & Listens Collection

EBSCO Reads & Listens Collection

EBSCO Information Services has numerous teams staffed by a wide variety of individuals and personalities working to provide access to world-class research tools. We would like to introduce you to some of these teams and as a librarian focused organization what better way to get to know someone than by what they read. This new accumulative collection will focus on our different teams around EBSCO and capture personal book recommendations and reviews from those teams’ members. Newly added recommended titles will be highlighted within the title list. This month EBSCO Reads team focus is on the e-book Product Management Team.

EBSCO eBooks Product Management drives projects to continually improve the eBook user experience on EBSCOhost and the librarian workflows in GOBI and EBSCOhost Collection Manager. We meet with customers, coordinate with user research, and collect feedback from sales and customer satisfaction to make sure our product roadmap and strategy optimizes our development dollars and has the best and broadest possible impact on our users.


Consumer Health

Consumer Health

The Consumer Health Collection includes over 200 e-books that focus on health-related issues aimed at the general public. Topics include chronic pain management, coping with a cancer diagnosis, diabetes, ADHD, as well as alternative treatments and navigating the health care system.

Highlighted titles include:

  • The Roadmap to Fertility: A Comprehensive Guide to Fertility for Men and Women by David Greening
  • Consumers' Guide to Prescription and Over the Counter Medications by Lunawati L. Bennett
  • Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options by Samantha Bowick

Top publishers include Hachette Book Group, Omnigraphics, Inc. and Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.


Core Collections Recommended Titles Adult Nonfiction Collection

Core Collections Recommended Titles Adult Nonfiction Collection

With a solid history of excellence, Core Collections are the only impartial collection development tools on the market with clear recommendation levels and documented selection criteria. Containing titles at two recommendation levels, this in-depth e-book collection includes librarian-selected adult nonfiction works, story collections, picture books and graphic novels. 

Highlighted titles:

  • The Indian World of George Washington by Colin G. Calloway
  • In Search of Israel by Michael Brenner
  • The Destiny Thief by Richard Russo

Highlighted Publishers: Hachette, Oxford, Rowman and Littlefield.


Core Collections Recommended Titles Adult Fiction Collection

Core Collections Recommended Titles Adult Fiction Collection

With a solid history of excellence, Core Collections are the only impartial collection development tools on the market with clear recommendation levels and documented selection criteria. Containing titles at two recommendation levels, this in-depth e-book collection includes librarian-selected adult fiction works, story collections, picture books and graphic novels. 

Highlighted titles:

  • A Fugitive in Walden Woods by Norman Lock
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee

Highlighted Publishers: Algonquin, Sourcebooks and Penguin Random House.


Children’s Picture Books Collection

Children’s Picture Books Collection

This collection contains over 150 of the latest and greatest picture e-books for children.

Highlighted titles inlcude:

  • The Purrfect Pawse by Avril McDonald
  • Hero Vs. Villian by T. Nat Fuller
  • Box Turtle by John Himmelman

Highlighted publishers included Holiday House Publishing, Inc., Lightning Source Inc. and Orca Book Publishers.


AAUP Titles for High School and Public Libraries Collection

AAUP Titles for High School and Public Libraries Collection

This e-book collection contains titles from the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) selected for public and secondary school libraries bibliography. Topics cover the humanities, social sciences, science, technology, math, the arts and more.

Highlighted titles:

  • The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World
  • A Constitutional History of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Newton’s Apple and Other Myths About Science
  • Harness the Sun: America’s Quest for a Solar-powered Future
  • From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood

Graphic Novel Collections

Graphic Novel Collections

Graphic Novels have grown in popularity in all types of libraries. These Graphic Novel Collections highlight some of the best, most popular titles for all readers, along with great titles about graphic novels. Find titles for your pleasure readers, writers and creators, and pop culture aficionados. Please note not all titles are appropriate for youth, and not all titles are available in all markets and territories.

Graphic Novels & Comics Collection - Ranging in story and style, this collection includes high-demand series starters and standalone graphic novels and comics. Included are titles from top creators such as Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Julie Maroh, David Homel, Brian Vaughan, Fiona Staples and others. This collection is not intended for juvenile audiences. Subsequent volumes are available

Graphic Novels & Comics Collection - History and Criticism - Created in collaboration with EBSCO's H.W. Wilson Core Collections, this collection includes titles on the history, criticism and cultural placement of graphic novels and comics.

Classics as Graphic Novels - This collection contains classic novels in graphic novel format suitable for readers of all ages. Find your favorites or discover a new one with rich graphics!


Speculative Fiction Collection

Speculative Fiction Collection

Speculative fiction encompasses a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopian fiction. Exploring imaginative, futuristic and supernatural settings, this collection includes titles on time travel, alternative history, magic and sorcery, and mythological beings from top fiction publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and Tachyon Publication.

Notable titles in this collection include:

  • The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Holiday Collection

Holiday Collection

The Holiday Collection features more than 700 e-books that highlight holiday celebrations around the world. Titles for all age levels are included, from playful texts about Santa Claus for K-6 readers to in-depth studies of cultural customs and fiction for adult readers.

Notable titles include:

  • Way Too Many Latkes by Linda Glaser
  • Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
  • Nutcracked by Susan Adrian

Publishers include Penguin Random House, Gareth Stevens Publishing. Hachette, Artisan Books and the Holiday House.


Independent and Self Published Award Winners and Best Sellers Collection

Independent and Self Published Award Winners and Best Sellers Collection

This collection features nearly 350 self-published titles and titles published by independent publishers, and each title in the collection has won an award, landed on a best seller list, or both. 

Notable titles within the collection include:

  • The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul
  • Byrd by Kim Church
  • Prague Summer by Jeffrey Condran
  • Joni Mitchell: In her own words by Malka Marom
  • Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics by Joshua Hall
  • Jack the Castaway by Lisa Doan
  • Days of Revolution: Political Unrest in an Iranian Village by Mary Elaine Hegland