Publishers make a decision whether to provide their book titles in eBook format for Library purchase. The models offered are different to those provided to individuals purchasing via Amazon, Waterstones or other book sellers. Libraries are offered one of the following models
(a) Single User Licence - a single licence will allow one user to access to access the book at any one time.
(b) Multi-User Licence - a multi-user licence allows 3 users to log in to the eBook at exactly the same time.
(c) Unlimited Licence - an unlimited amount of users can log in to the eBook at exactly the same time.
For options (a) and (b) the Library can purchase multiple versions of the Licence so if there are 100 students on your module, 20 single user licences may be needed or 7 multi-user licences. It is useful to alert your Information Specialist how many students will be studying your module so that the right decisions can be made regarding the number of eBook licences.
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.
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.
Printing and copying from e-books
E-books are subject to DRM (Digital Rights Management) controls. In order to download an e-book:
Are you unable to access an e-book?
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
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