How to cite an eBook in APA
To cite an eBook in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:
- Author(s) of the eBook: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
- Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
- Title of the eBook: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
- Device version: Give the name of the eBook format.
- URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).
Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an eBook in APA style 6th edition:
.(Year of publication). Title of the eBook [Device version]. Retrieved from URL
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines in action:
An eBook with one author
2015). Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear [Kobo version]. Retrieved from kobo.com. (
An eBook with one author retrieved from a digital archive
1977). The Shining [Epub version]. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/TheShining_201808/page/n3. (
This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).