Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks

What is an eBook?

  • eBooks are digital, downloadable versions of books. In most cases, they look exactly like the print versions with the same graphs, charts, and illustrations.
  • You can download and read eBooks on your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices with the free Leaf e-Reader application.


What e-reading software should I use?

  • Your eBook must be read through the free Leaf e-Reader application. The Leaf e-Reader link provides instructions for downloading and using the application on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device or on a Windows or Macintosh computer. A browser e-reader is also available.


Do eBooks “expire” or “time out”?

  • Your eBook will not expire. Once you have downloaded it to your device, it is stored in your Leaf e-Reader Library and will remain there until you choose to delete it.


Do I have to pay shipping, handling, or taxes on UNC School of Government eBooks?

  • There are no shipping and handling charges when you purchase an eBook. The sales tax will be based on your credit card billing address.


Can I return an eBook purchase?

  • An eBook cannot be returned after it has been downloaded.
  • If you have specific questions, please contact our distribution manager, Tom Franklin, at


How do I download my eBook?

  • Once your purchase is complete, you will receive an order invoice by email with a link to download the Leaf e-Reader.
  • When youre asked to log into the Leaf e-Reader application, just enter the same email address that you used to place your order.
  • A confirmation code will be emailed to that address. Copy and paste the confirmation code into the Leaf e-Reader confirmation field to authorize the application.
  • Your eBook will appear in your Leaf e-Reader Library, ready to read.


How many times may I download my eBook?

  • The free Leaf e-Reader application can be downloaded and authorized on up to six different devices, provided you use the same email address each time. 


How do I download my eBook again or download it to another device?

  • Go to the Leaf e-Reader download page on any of your devices and follow the instructions for downloading the app. 


Can I share my eBook?

  • No. An eBook is licensed for use by only one individual and cannot be shared.


Can I print my eBook?

  • An eBook cannot be printed.


Can I read my eBook on a NOOK or Kindle eReader?

  • No. Your eBook is formatted for use with the Leaf e-Reader, and the NOOK and Kindle e-Readers do not allow the use of third-party applications like the Leaf e-Reader.


Will I be able to view my eBooks offline?

  • Yes. Once you have installed the Leaf e-Reader application on your computer or mobile device, the book can be read offline.