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Placement Students: EBooks

E-Book Databases

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The Library purchases individual titles from Dawsonera and they are all available via Library SmartSearch.  You can also search  Dawsonera as a single database of e-books which will include titles that the Library does not have a licence to view online.  You may not be able to access every title but it will give you an insight as to what is available and you can notify your Information Specialist if you would like to access something for your research.

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading entire e-books for 1 day
  • Making notes within e-books
  • Adding e-books to a favourites list
  • Exporting citations to End Note

Ebook Central How to Guides...

Ebook Central is a large database covering multiple subjects. The Library has provided access to over 120,000 e-books on this platform, all of which are available via Library SmartSearch. 

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading chapters
  • Downloading entire e-books for 14 days
  • Making notes within e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote

 

The Library purchases individual titles from EBSCOhost e-books and also provides access to a large Business collection. All titles are available via Library SmartSearch.   

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading up to 3 items at a time for 1-2 days
  • Reserving up to 5 titles that are already in use
  • Saving sections for printing or emailing
  • Adding favourites to a folder
  • Adding notes to e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote

In order to download the e-book, you'll need to log in to your Ebsco account. You can create an account at the time you download the item.  

MyiLibrary logo   MyiLibrary How to Guides...

The Library purchases individual titles from MyiLibrary and they are available to search via Library SmartSearch.  

Features include

  • Online reading
  • Downloading up to 3 e-books at a time for 3-7 days
  • Reserving up to 5 titles that are already in use
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote

 

 

The VitalSource platform contains a small selection of popular e-books published by Pearson. They are all available to access via Library SmartSearch.

In order to access a title on the VitalSource platform:

  1. Select Concurrency Credits (the only option available) and select Activate
  2. At this point, you can either register for a personal account or skip this step to go directly to the e-book.
  3. Once you’ve accessed the e-book you’ll have a period of 24 hours to view it. If all concurrent user accounts are taken when you try to access the e-book, you’ll see a countdown of when the next copy is expected to be available.

Within VitalSource you can download the Bookshelf which helps you to interact with the eBooks. Please find out more at https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us

 

The Library purchases individual titles from VLeBooks and they are available to search via Library SmartSearch.  

Features include:

  • Online reading
  • Downloading up to 5 e-books at a time for 1-7 days
  • Reserving up to 5 titles that are already in use
  • Adding notes and bookmarks to e-books
  • Exporting citations in to EndNote

 

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Can I print / copy or download an e-book?

Printing and copying from e-books

  • The amount of printing and copying you can do depends on restrictions put in place by the publisher and varies from between 10% to 40% of the e-book.
  • Many e-book platforms will inform you of the limits for each title.

Downloading e-books

E-books are subject to DRM (Digital Rights Management) controls. In order to download an e-book:

  • Download Adobe Digital Editions. This is a free piece of software and is necessary to comply with DRM.
  • Open the e-book file you’ve saved from the platform (usually an .acsm file) in Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Once you’ve done this, you can continue to view the e-book in Adobe Digital Editions, or use an app such as Bluefire Reader to view on your mobile device (Android or Apple iOS). You can register your Adobe login with the Bluefire Reader meaning you don't have to open the e-book in Digital Editions beforehand.
  • The downloaded e-book will expire at the end of your loan period (1-14 days depending on the platform).

When downloading e-books, please bear the following in mind:

  • Downloadable e-books can't be viewed on a Kindle (except Kindle Fire for reading online).
  • Not all e-books can be downloaded – look out for a “Download” icon when you’re viewing the e-book online.
  • You may need to register a separate account to download e-books on some platforms.

Having trouble accessing an e-book?

Are you unable to access an e-book

Licence Restrictions
Some e-books are restricted to a single user or 3 concurrent users.  The e-book may have reached the limit of users logged in at the same time.  If this is the case, you can place a reservation or try again later.  If the problem persists please notify your Information Specialist and we will investigate whether we can purchase additional licences.

Hints and Tips

  1. Try clearing the cache of your computer. 
  2. Try using a different browser.  Firefox seems to work the best.
  3. Have you downloaded the e-book?  Make sure you have Adobe Digital Editions installed otherwise you will not be able to open the book.

If you experience a problem accessing an e-book please let us know.  Contact your Information Specialist with the details of the book you are trying to access.  A screenshot of the error message is also really useful