Using eBooks

Specific help for different ebook platforms.

EBL/Ebook Central ebook help

Viewing EBL/Ebook Central ebooks

Supported operating systems are Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks). Supported browsers are the latest version of Chrome, the latest two versions of FireFox and Safar, and version 9, 10, and 11 of Internet Explorer (for Internet Explorer 9, turn off compatibility mode). Internet Explorer 8 and Windows RT are not supported.

Printing, saving, and copying

Under copyright law  each publisher allows a specific percentage that each user may print or  copy from each ebook. Allowances vary from title to title (up to a maximum 60 pages per book). Each time you click copy or print, the display will show you how many pages you have left. Saving as a PDF means you can transfer and read on e-reader devices such as the Nook or Kindle.

Downloading ebooks

Download some ebooks in full and others to a maximum of 60 pages. Download a chapter or a range of pages as a PDF onto most computers and devices, including e-readers.

Download full ebooks for 1 day at a time:

  • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox (for Apple and Android devices you will need a compatible reader app)
  • You may return the document early using Adobe Digital Editions
  • Downloaded files will appear on your desktop or in your 'Downloads' folder
  • Annotations to downloaded files are not stored on your Ebook Central bookshelf

The download function requires Adobe Digital Editions. Install Adobe Digital Editions here.

Reading ebooks on campus? We advise you use the read online option if you are not using your own computer or device. Adobe  Digital Editions will give you an Adobe ID and a limit of 6 authorised  devices. The download is tied to a specific computer or device unless you authorise that device with your Adobe ID. Authorising computers around campus that you may not use again may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.

More EBL/Ebook Central help

Click here for EBL/Ebook Central user guides.

 

EBSCOhost ebook help

Viewing EBSCOhost ebooks

Supported browsers are Internet Explorer  (11.0 or later), Safari (11.0 or later), Google Chrome (latest version plus one previous version), iOS (11.0 or later), and Firefox (latest version plus one previous version). You will need to enable cookies, DOM storage and JavaScript in your web browser.

Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and older are not compatible with ebooks in EPUB format. To view an EPUB format ebook, we recommended these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 or later.

Printing, saving, and copying

Under copyright law each publisher allows a specific percentage that each user may print or copy from each ebook. Allowances vary from title to title.

Creating a My EBSCOhost account 

My EBSCOhost account is needed to save notes on EBSCOhost ebooks when using the online ebook viewer and to download ebooks for reading offline. You can either create an account or sign in with a Google account.

Reading EBSCOhost ebooks online

ebooks can be read online in the ebook Viewer by clicking the 'ebook Full Text (PDF or EPUB)' link in the ebook record. Within the ebook viewer it is possible to navigate the book using the table of contents, download a single chapter, search within the text of the book, and save a note on the ebook in your My EBSCOhost folder.

Downloading EBSCOhost ebooks

You can check-out and download the ebook and read it on your computer when you are not connected to the Internet, or transfer it to your Adobe Digital Editions-compatible ebook Reader device, by clicking the 'full download' link in the ebook record. To download the ebook you will need to log into your My EBSCOhost account. 

The download function requires Adobe Digital Editions. Install Adobe Digital Editions.

Ebooks can be downloaded to your mobile device and read with the free Adobe Digital Editions reader app.

You will need the following:

Note for Apple Device Users: Pop-ups must be allowed in the settings for the Safari web browser as the downloaded ebook file opens in a new tab before opening in the Adobe Digital Editions app.

Reading ebooks on campus?

We advise you use the read online option if you are not using your own computer or device. Adobe Digital Editions will give you an Adobe ID and a limit of 6 authorised  devices. The download is tied to a specific computer or device unless you authorise that device with your Adobe ID. Authorising computers around campus that you may not use again may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.

More EBSCOhost ebooks help

View the EBSCOhost ebooks user guide for further help on using ebooks from the EBSCOhost platform.

 

VLeBooks ebook help

Viewing VLeBooks

Read VLeBooks with a supported browser, no extra software or plug-ins required.

Supported browsers are Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4, Chrome 12, Safari 5, and each of their updated editions.

Printing, saving, and copying

Under copyright law each publisher allows a specific percentage that each  user may print or copy from each ebook. Allowances vary from title to title. Each time you click copy or print, the display will show you how many pages you have left.

Downloading ebooks

Due to publisher restrictions not all titles may be available for download. The download function requires Adobe Digital Editions. Install Adobe Digital Editions here.

Reading ebooks on campus? We advise you use the read online option if you are not using your own computer or device. Adobe Digital Editions will give you an Adobe ID and a limit of 6 authorised devices. The download is tied to a specific computer or device unless you authorise that device with your Adobe ID. Authorising computers around campus that you may not use again may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.

Free Apps are available on the App Store and Google Play Store for Apple and Android devices (IOS 5 or Android Jellybean required). Read VLeBooks through the VLe App.

More VLeBooks help

Click here for VLeBooks user guides