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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.
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).
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?
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.
Try using a different browser. Firefox seems to work the best.
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