How to cite an eBook in APA

APA ebook citation

To cite an eBook in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. 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.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the eBook: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
  4. Device version: Give the name of the eBook format.
  5. 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:

Author(s) of the eBook. (Year of publication). Title of the eBook [Device version]. Retrieved from URL

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for an eBook citation in action:


An eBook with one author

Gilbert, E. (2015). Big magic: Creative living beyond fear [Kobo version]. Retrieved from

An eBook with one author retrieved from a digital archive

King, S. (1977). The shining [Epub version]. Retrieved from
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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