Can I annotate (highlight or comment on) eBooks?



For DRM-free (digital rights management-free) PDF files, it's generally possible to download and highlight or comment on with PDF editing software, like Preview or Adobe Acrobat. is also an option for PDF files. Contact Aaron Elam if you have questions about

For eBooks available through eBook Central, we strongly recommend annotating online within the eBook Central platform. This option is available when the book is available in PDF format. It is not available if the book is only available in EPUB format. Instructions available here:

For PDF and EPUB files with DRM, such as those that are available for download as short-term loans from EBSCO or eBook Central, it's possible to highlight or comment in the Adobe Digital Editions app. These annotations will disappear at the end of your loan period. Click here to view instructions on how to use bookmarks, notes, and highlights in Adobe Digital Editions.

For more information about specific eBooks, see the FAQs regarding the specific platform you are using (eBook Central, EBSCO, or DRM-free PDF from JSTOR, etc), or ask a librarian.


  • Last Updated Aug 11, 2021
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