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Why Do We Need APA E-Book Citations?

The majority of students these days have to go through numerous books for essay writing, dissertation, coursework, or any other kind of research work. The eBooks take an important part in every academic course since accessing information in a digital format simplifies and significantly enhances the learning experience. If a student consults or quotes a particular book in an electronic format, it is crucial to do so correctly and show that proper research has been done with the full credit given to researchers in question. Since there are various format requirements for APA ebook citation, depending on the source, students often make mistakes with extra spaces, full stop, or the brackets, which can seriously decrease the final grade if done wrong.

The Specifics of APA eBook Citation

If you already know how to cite a print book according to the American Psychological Association rules, citing an e-book will not be too challenging for you. Considering the list of changes that have been made in the 7th Edition manual, citing became much easier. All it takes is finding as much information for your citing purpose as possible. The biggest advantage of these changes stands for inclusion of the URL and the styling, which is much closer to the usual publication in a print format.

6th Edition vs. 7th Edition for APA E-book Citing

It is commonly accepted to use both 6th and 7th APA format editions depending on what a specific university requires. It is also one of the reasons why it is important to understand both. Knowing the difference will help you to identify which APA citation ebook edition has been used and make relevant corrections in case you encounter some citation in APA 7 but need it in the previous edition. 

  • The major difference is a necessity to include your source’s URL or related DOI number if it is available. In addition to that, APA 7 no longer requires the inclusion of the platform, format, or a device type (as it is when you use the Kindle edition). 
  • Another change that was absent in APA 6th style is that you have to include the publisher’s name exactly as it would be done with a print book citation. 

APA 7 Template

Author Last Name, First Initial, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of an e-book in italics.
            Publisher Name. DOI or URL. 

APA 6 Template

Author, L. R. (Year). Title of your book [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from
      http://apa.org

What Information is Required for Ebook Citation in APA

There are cases when there is not enough information for citing, which is understandable, yet in the best scenario, this information must be included in the following order: 

  • First Name, Last Name of the Ebook author(s). 
  • Year when it was published. 
  • Ebook title. 
  • Translator’s First & Last Name (if relevant). 
  • Publisher’s Information. 
  • DOI or URL source

Note: if the book has been republished in an electronic format, include the year of the original publication as well.

Basic E-Book Reference Structure and In-text Citation Structure

For your Bibliography page, use the following template:

Author Last Name, First Initial, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of an e-book in italics.
          Publisher Name. DOI or URL. 

The in-text citing goes this way:

(Author’s Last Name, Year) 

As it has already been mentioned, the sixth edition of APA academic style format will have to include the APA citation electronic book source, meaning what medium or format it has been published in. See this example:

Author, D. D. (Year). Title of e-book in italics [E-reader version]. Retrieved from URL.

The Types of E-Books for Citing

Now that we know the basic template rules, we can proceed with the different citation types, depending on what kind of information is available.

Authored E-book With a DOI or URL

Bibliography citing:

Author Last Name, First Initial, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of e-book in italics. Publisher
        Name. DOI or URL. 

In-text reference: 

(Last Name, Year) 
 
Rigney, J. (2017). The Tragedie of Macbeth. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315847382

In-text: 

(Rigney, 2017)

E-book Without a DOI or URL

References page template: 

Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of e-book in italics. Publisher Name.

In-text citing: 

(Last Name, Year)

It becomes: 

Collins, P. R. (2010). The Nordic languages linguistics. Penguin Books E-Book
        Publishing. 
 
(Collins, 2010) 

If you use a narrative style in your APA reference for ebook, it will be: 

According to Collins (2010), the majority of Nordic runes have been identified by…

Republished Ebook

Author Last Name, First Initial, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of e-book in italics. Publisher
        Name. DOI or URL (Original Work Published Year). 

In-text reference: 

(Last Name, Year) 
Twain, M (2006). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/74 (Original work published 1876)
(Twain, 2006/1876) 

The same double-date applies to a narrative reference in your paper.

Translated Ebook

Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial. (Year). Title of e-book in italics (First Initial Last Name of Translator, Trans.). Publisher Name. DOI or URL. 
(Last Name, Year) 

It turns into: 

Erlingsson, F (1992). Benjamin Dove (B. Scudder., Trans). North-South Books.
          https://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-dove-Fri%C3%B0rik-Erlings-ebook/dp/
          B004B8VQIW/
(Erlingsson, 1992) 

Notice that if you must use APA reference for ebook in the sixth style, it is crucial to also include the format of the ebook like Kindle Books or any other edition. Use “Retrieved From” before the link. See this example:

Erlingsson, F (1992). Benjamin Dove [Kindle Edition]. (B. Scudder., Trans). Retrieved
          from: https://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-dove-Fri%C3%B0rik-Erlings-ebook/dp/
          B004B8VQIW/

The Number of Authors in APA

Most of us easily get confused when our online books have no author or there are multiple names behind the publication. Let’s review these rules according to the APA citation electronic textbook style standards. As you see, the same print book formatting applies:

eBook with One Author

Last Name, First Name. (Year). Book title. Publisher. DOI or URL 
(Last Name, Year) 
Cudney, J. (2017). Watching Glass Shatter. Next Chapter Publishing. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36140949-watching-glass-shatter
(Cudney, 2017) 

Two or More Authors

Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial., Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial., & Last
          Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of your book. Publisher. 
(Last Name, Second author’s Surname, & Last Name of the next author, Year) 
Jones, F. M., Barnes, V.R., & Michaelson, B.E. (2018). Adaptive Psychology of College
        Students. Oxford Press. 
(Jones, Barnes, & Michaelson, 2018)

No Author

Some online books do not have an author, yet there is no need to despair because it works this way: 

In-text: 

(Book title shortened, Year) 
Book Title in Italics. (Year). Publisher. 

APA 6 will have to include the place of publication before the publisher’s part. 

Encyclopedia Britannica. Giant. (2017). Encyclopedia Britannica Online Edition, Inc.
        https://www.britannica.com/topic/giant-mythology
(Encyclopedia Britannica. Giant, 2017)

Online Book with an Editor Instead of an Author

Author, A. B., & Author, C. D. (Year). Title. In A. B. Editor & C. D. Editor (Eds.), Title in
        italics (pp.). Publisher.

Follow this example:

Sandberg, J. (2016). Neurological Behaviors of Preschool Children. In N. Tracey & R.
      Carlsberg (Eds.), The Neurological Patterns of Growing Up (pp. 19-26). Academic
      Press. 

The in-text style remains as always: 

(Sandberg, 2016)

3 Ways to Make Your Citations Fast

  • Use our ebook citation generator in APA format. You only have to enter all the information that you have and our system will do the rest for you. It requires no registration and remains absolutely free. Use it as much as you need and save yourself some precious time! 
  • Look for DOI number or citing info in your document. Some websites like Medical Databases or Jstor archives already have citation information. Look for it in the right column of a website or at the bottom of the page where it has citation info. 
  • Browse through existing Bibliography in someone else’s research. Never ignore looking through existing research papers as you look for sources. It is a good way to find some good, reliable references! 

FAQ

How can I change my APA 6 paper to APA 7 paper?

You can do this manually by following our template rules or use our APA citation generator by choosing relevant requirements.

Are there any limitations of your free APA ebook generator and does it support other sources?

Sure! It has no limitations and supports different sources for your academic needs. 

How to cite a multi-volume Ebook?

Author, A. A. (Year). Title in italics: Capital letter for subtitle (if present) (Vol. #).
      Publisher.

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