We purchase e-books wherever possible
Digital content is the most accessible format for a variety of people, as it can be used with assistive technologies
E-books can be accessed 24/7, on and off campus - anywhere you have an internet connection
Many allow multiple users at one time, so no waiting for a book to be returned
Many provide additional features such as making annotations, highlighting and searching within the text.
Use Library Search to find e-books; the library offers access to thousands, covering a variety of subject areas.
If the book is available electronically, you will see a link to access it, as in the example below.
E-books can be viewed online via your browser. Some have the option to download to read offline; once you click through to the e-book from Library Search you will see whether this option is available. Watch the video below for a demonstration
E-books are subject to copyright law, and so publishers determine how much of a book can be downloaded, printed or copied. This can vary depending on the e-book supplier.
Commonly, printing and copying restrictions are set to a maximum of 10% or one chapter, whichever is greater.
You should be able to read all e-books online via a browser, on your desktop or laptop, and on iPad/iPhone and Android mobile devices.
Some books are available to download onto your own device to read offline. These may be available for a limited period, e.g. 1 day, so the book is not taken out of circulation for too long. When the loan expires, you will be unable to open the e-book and will need to download it again if you wish to continue to use it offline.
N.B. If you are using a shared PC, it is best to view the book online rather than download it.
For downloading to mobile devices, you will most likely require an e-reader app, e.g. Bluefire Reader.
Generally, entire books cannot be read on Kindles - you may be able to download a limited amount to PDF and then transfer this to a Kindle.
Adobe Digital Editions may be required to read downloaded e-books.
This can be downloaded freely at http://www.adobe.com/uk/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html.
If you are prompted to 'Authorize your computer', then leave the e-book vendor as 'Adobe ID' and tick the box which says 'I want to authorize my computer without an ID'.
You only need to create an ID if you want to transfer downloads across multiple machines.
Improve the e-book reading experience!
F.lux is software designed to adjust your screen colours to the time of day, reducing the blue glow, which might help improve the e-book reading experience. it is free to download for Windows/Mac: https://justgetflux.com.
Some e-books offer options to change the text size, background and font colour. See the table below for accessibility information for particular e-book providers:
Accessibility mode can be switched on by reader. This allows magnification. Download ebooks to use with assistive technology. OpenDyslexic typeface is available.
You can increase and decrease the text size by two levels each way, using the little plus and minus symbols in the top right hand corner. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level).
You can add a coloured overlay by clicking on the little symbol that looks like a pie chart in the top right hand corner. Click this repeatedly to cycle through different overlay colours. Read the full accessibility statement for VLeBooks for more information.
Information about accessibility here: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5755,http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=7569
Accessibility information available here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/accessibility
If the e-book is downloadable, you can use the various tools available in Adobe Reader:
PDFs opening in a separate window
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further support.
These provide books across a wide range of publishers, many of whom do not offer their e-books in any other way, but they are mostly subject to Digital Rights Management (DRM), which is a way of ensuring copyright printing and copying limits are adhered to.
Direct from the publisher
Some publishers also sell their e-books direct to universities. These e-books are usually DRM-free, i.e. the publisher does not impose any copyright limits and you are able to print/save/copy as much as you like.
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E-books are made available under various access models; this depends on what the publisher will allow.
We are using a rental first system for our VLE books. This means that the first few people that use the ebook do so on a rental basis, at a fraction of the full purchase cost.
1. A quick Preview is possible for all books in this scheme – without triggering a rental or purchase – as shown below:
2. After a quick preview has been made, users will be asked to Request Access. You’ll need to make a few click drop down selections to trigger access, for example:
3. Then you’ll get an Alert and email confirmation to let you know the item has been rented for you for one week.
Don’t worry, you can still access the book after your one week rental is up, it’ll just trigger another rental or purchase. Following several rentals the book will be fully purchased at next use.
4. Once a rental or purchase has been made, you’ll then get full access to the book as shown below.
Directory of Open Access books (DOAB) The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Search, browse and download from a large selection of eBooks
eScholarship Editions The collection includes over 2,000 eBooks from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. More than 500 of these are available for free download. Content is free for non-commercial use.
InTechOpen More than 2,400 books across engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences published under the .
OAPEN.org OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Nearly 1,000 free online titles available.
Project Gutenberg More than 20,000 free full text eBooks available on a range of topics. Download .