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The basics

The basics

We provide access to a number of different e-book collections. Choose from the specific e-book collections (such as EBSCOhost, Springer, etc.) for more details. Each one has a slightly different design to access, download and print an e-book.

e-book file types

The most common files types for e-books are PDF and ePUB (electronic publication). ePUB adapts to your mobile device screen size. 

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Some of our e-books are protected by DRM systems. DRM controls the use of digital content and determines access restrictions and availability.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Many collections require Adobe Digital Editions to download an e-book. For system requirements visit ADE Tech Specs. If you need help to upgrade your Mac OS to use this software, please contact eSolutions.

To use Adobe Digital Editions:

  • You will need to create and activate an Adobe ID
  • You must also 'authorize' your Adobe ID on your device. 
  • To transfer DRM e-books between multiple devices, you must 'authorize' you Adobe ID on each device.
  • Visit the Adobe Digital Editions FAQ for other tips and instructions. 

You  can also print from ADE. Refer to the page number inside the brackets for print selection. 

Apps

Some e-book providers have their own, or recommended apps. They can allow you to access and read e-books from your mobile device.

MIBT, Alumni and community borrowers

All our e-book collections are accessible for Deakin staff and students. To find out what MIBT, Alumni and community borrowers can access, visit:

Contact us for e-book help

Ebook Library (EBL)

Ebook Library

Ebook Library (EBL) is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Access

EBL e-books can be read online through your web browser. Creating a loan is free and allows you to access the e-book online for 24 hours.

To continue accessing the e-book once the loan has expired, simply create another loan. Loans do not count against your Deakin borrowing and will not appear in My checkouts and holds.

Note: Some titles have concurrent user limitations. 

For further details, view the Licensing and access information.

Print

Several methods for printing are available within EBL including; current page, selected page range, and whole chapter. 

Copy

You can copy and paste up to 5% of a title. Your page allowance will appear after selecting 'Print'.

Download

You can download a title for up to 14 days.

Note: Only titles with the 'Download' tab activated in blue can be downloaded. If the tab is not active and you would like the title, contact us.

To download EBL titles for offline reading, you will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and an Adobe ID. You  can also print from Adobe Digital Editions. Refer to the page number inside the brackets for print selection.

Get the App

For mobile devices, get the free Bluefire Reader app:

Learn more about using Bluefire Reader at the Bluefire Reader Support Center.

ebrary

ebrary

ebrary is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Access

Ebrary e-books can be read online through your web browser.

Print

You can print up to 60 pages, though this may vary by publisher.

Printing from the Ebrary Interface
  • Select 'InfoTools'.
  • Use the page numbers as displayed from the top right hand side of the screen.
Printing from a downloaded e-book

See the 'Download' section below.

Copy

Generally you can copy up to 60 pages, though this may vary by publisher.

When you copy text this will appear in a small pop-up box and will include the reference to the e-book you are copying the text from. You can then copy and paste this information. Citation information will be included when you paste.

Note: If the text you wish to copy is spread across more than one page, you will need to copy and paste each page separately.

Create an account

You need to create an ebrary user account to be able to download, highlight and annotate documents, create a personal bookshelf and folders.

To create an account, select the 'sign in' link in the top right hand corner, select Create an Account, complete the form and select Create New Account.

Download

You can download up to 10 titles for 14 days.

To download entire ebrary titles you will need an ebrary account, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and an Adobe ID.

ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books. It will allow you to transfer protected books between multiple computers and mobile devices. If it's the first time an e-book is being downloaded onto your computer, it is recommended ADE is set up first. You need to authorise each of your machines with your Adobe ID.

Download for the first time to your computer
  • Sign in
  • Select download
  • Create an ebrary account
  • Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) if you do not already have the software.
  • Create an Adobe ID. The first time you run ADE, you will be asked to activate it with your Adobe ID.
  • Return to ebrary and select download.
  • Select from the options below when downloading ebrary e-books.
Downloading ebrary e-books

If you only require a chapter or selected pages of an e-book, use the standard image PDF format option. This will create a PDF version of the chapter or page range that you can save to your computer or device.

To create an image PDF of a chapter:
  1. Click the Download button in QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in with your ebrary account
  2. Select the option Create an image PDF of the current chapter, then choose the name of the chapter from the drop-down menu
  3. Click OK.
To create an image PDF of a page range:
  1. Click on the Download button in QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in with your ebrary account
  2. Select the option to Create an image PDF of page, then enter the page range in the boxes
  3. Click OK.

These options will allow saving or opening in Adobe PDF format. Please note, you may create image PDFs of specific chapters and page ranges, up to the same limits as for printing. The maximum amount of pages allowed for downloading will be displayed beside the check box.

To download entire document:

Using this option will open the e-book in Adobe Digital Editions.

  • ebrary limited use: Select the option 'Download the entire document for 7 days in Adobe Digital Editions format'
  • ebrary unlimited use and ebrary owned titles: Select the option 'Download the entire document for 14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format'

For additional information see ebrary help.

Get the App

For mobile devices, get the free Bluefire Reader app:

Bluefire Reader app must be authorised for use with your Adobe ID. See Adobe Digital Editions FAQ for more information.

Learn more about using Bluefire Reader at the Bluefire Reader Support Center.

Other available help

For assistance with using Adobe Digital Editions see the ADE FAQ

For assistance with the ebrary app see the ebrary Support Center.

Licensing and Resource Information

EBSCOhost

Ebsco e-books

EBSCOhost eBooks is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Access

EBSCOhost eBooks can be read online by clicking the 'eBook Full Text' link under the title of your search item.

If an item is in use you can join a waiting list for access. All you need to do is enter your email address and you'll receive an alert when the title is available for check out.

Download

You can download a title for up to 14 days.

To download EBSCOhost titles you will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and an Adobe ID.

ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books. It will allow you to transfer protected books between multiple computers and mobile devices. You need to authorize each of your machines with your Adobe ID.

Download for the first time to your computer
  • Create a My EBSCOhost account
  • Select the checkout option
  • Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) if you do not already have the software
  • Create an Adobe ID. The first time you run ADE, you will be asked to activate it with your Adobe ID
  • Return to EBSCOhost and select download. The item will download to Adobe Digital Editions. Future downloads will automatically download to Adobe Digital Editions.
Download to a mobile device
  • Select Download This e-book
  • Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) if you do not already have the software.
  • Create an Adobe ID. The first time you run ADE, you will be asked to activate it with your Adobe ID.
  • Download and authorize Bluefire Reader app from iTunes or Bluefire Reader app from Google Play.
  • Return to EBSCOhost and select download. The item will download to Bluefire Reader.

Linking

Link to the book
  1. Once you've found an e-book in Library Search, right click your mouse on 'eBook Full Text'.
  2. Copy the link.
  3. You can now paste this link into CloudDeakin, email and other documents.
Link to a page
  1. Open the Full Text version of the e-book you are referring to.
  2. With the relevant page in view, click 'Permalink', located to the right of your screen in the Tools menu.
  3. A link will appear across the top of your screen. You can now copy and paste to share through CloudDeakin, email and other documents.

Get the app

For mobile devices, get the free Bluefire Reader app:

Learn more about using Bluefire Reader at the Bluefire Reader Support Center.

Other available help

Open EBSCOhost e-books and select 'Help' in the top right-hand corner.

For assistance with using Adobe Digital Editions see the ADE FAQ.

Learn more about using Bluefire Reader at the Bluefire Reader Support Center.

Licensing and Resource Information

OverDrive

OverDrive

OverDrive gives you on-the-go access to recreational e-books. Browse through hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles, including graphic novels and Lonely Planet titles.

Access

You can borrow and read OverDrive titles online or download to your computer or mobile device.

Most titles in OverDrive are for a single user at a time.

Some titles, such as the Lonely Planet series are available for multiple users.

All titles can be borrowed for 14 days, but can be returned earlier or re-borrowed if needed. You can borrow 3 titles at a time.

Place a hold

If an item is in use you can join a waiting list for access. All you need to do is enter your email address and you'll receive an alert when the title is available for check out.

Print

OverDrive does not allow printing.

Copy

OverDrive does not allow copying.

Download

You can download a title for up to 14 days.

To download OverDrive titles you will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books. It will allow you to transfer protected books between multiple computers and mobile devices. You need to authorize each of your machines with your Adobe ID.

To download an OverDrive e-book for the first time to your computer you will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and an Adobe ID.

ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books. It will allow you to transfer protected books between multiple computers and mobile devices. You need to authorize each of your machines with your Adobe ID.

Download for the first time to your computer

  • Select the download tab
  • Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) if you do not already have the software
  • Create an Adobe ID. The first time you run ADE, you will be asked to activate it with your Adobe ID
  • Return to OverDrive and select borrow and choose download. The item will download to Adobe Digital Editions. Future downloads will automatically download to Adobe Digital Editions

Download to a mobile device

Get started quickly with digital books and more by following these short, OverDrive instructional videos.

Learn more about app and device and compatibly at the Overdrive Media Console Homepage.

Other available help

For assistance with using Adobe Digital Editions see the ADE FAQ

For assistance with the OverDrive Media Console app see the Overdrive Media Console Homepage.

Licensing and Resource Information

Safari

Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online is an e-book collection that specialises in technology, digital media and business.

Note: the Safari platform is limited to fifteen concurrent users only.

Access

You can view any e-book by clicking the blue 'Start Reading' button on the detailed view page.

Print

You can print one copy of an individual page using the Print button located at the top left of the page. Currently you cannot print page ranges; you will need to print each page individually.

All books in the Safari Books Online collection have a print icon available near the top left corner of the viewer window. Clicking the print button will open your browser's print dialog box. From there you can select what printer you want to use to print your page. You can also print downloaded books using the print tool compatible to your reader.

Copy

To copy a section of text, make sure you have HTML view deselected, highlight the chunk of text and a small pop-up will appear. Clicking 'Copy Selection' will copy your highlighted chunk of text.

Download

The option to download content is only available for some titles. The availability of this function depends on the individual publisher. If downloading is available for the e-book you're viewing, a 'Download' button will appear at the top left of the page.

Licensing and Resource Information

Springer

Springer e-books

Springer e-books is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Access

When searching the platform, Springer provides information on both subscribed and unsubscribed titles.

Remove the tick from the yellow 'preview-only' box in the top left corner of your screen to display titles to which the Library has access.

Select the title or cover of the book from your search results.

Springer titles can be read online by clicking the book image and 'Look Inside' icon on the right hand side of the page. You can also view a selected chapter of a book by clicking the 'Download PDF' link under each section.

Print

There are no printing restrictions but full copyright law applies. To print, you can click on 'View chapter' and print as normal or you can print from a PDF by selecting 'Download Book' or 'Download PDF'. Click the print icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen, this will open your browser's print dialog box. From there you can select which printer you want to use to print your page.

Copy

There are no copying restrictions but full copyright law applies. To copy, you can click on 'View chapter' and copy as normal or you can copy from a PDF by selecting 'Download Book' or 'Download PDF'.

Download

Springer e-books allows you to download chapters and entire books. You can can choose 'Download Book' to download the entire book or 'Download PDF' link under the chapter of the book that you wish to download. This will open the title as a PDF, which can be downloaded for use offline or saved Acrobat.com.

Download to a mobile device

If you are using a mobile device with a PDF reader installed, selecting the 'Download Book' or 'Download PDF' link will automatically download your selection.

Licensing and Resource Information

Taylor & Francis

Taylor and Francis

Taylor & Francis e-books is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Note: Some titles are limited to 1 concurrent user.

Access

When searching the platform, Taylor & Francis provides information on both subscribed and unsubscribed titles.

To limit to full text select 'Full access only', under the search box.

Taylor & Francis titles can be read online by clicking 'Access'. You can then select either:

  • 'Quick Access' (no print/copy/paste)
  • 'Standard Access' (Limited print/copy/paste) - DRM-protected titles
  • 'Download a copy' (saved for a limited time with no print/copy/paste)

DRM

There are two types of e-book on this platform - DRM-free and DRM-protected.

You can identify free and protected titles on the book information page. Protected titles have a DRM icon to the right of the title bar.

DRM-free titles have no printing restrictions but full copyright law applies.

Print

DRM-protected titles have a print allowance of 30 pages per user session.

DRM-free titles have no printing restrictions but full copyright law applies.

Copy

DRM-protected titles have a copy/paste allowance of 1000 words per user session.

DRM-free titles have no copying restrictions but full copyright law applies.

Download

DRM-free titles are downloadable as PDFs. You can print, copy/paste and save the file as a Word or Excel document.

DRM-protected titles can be downloaded for 3 days. You will not be able to print or copy from the downloaded title.

To download a DRM-protected title you will need to install the FileOpen Acrobat Reader.

Download to a computer (DRM-free titles)

  • From a book page click the 'Access' button
  • Select the 'Download a copy'.
  • The full e-book file will open in a new window in Adobe Reader.

Download to a computer (DRM-protected titles)

  • From a book page click the 'Access' button
  • The first time you attempt to read a DRM-protected book, they will be automatically sent to the FileOpen website to install the plug-in.

Download to a mobile device

At the moment it is not possible to download e-books to tablets or reading devices.

Other available help

For further assistance with using Taylor & Francis e-books see Taylor & Francis e-books Help and FAQsPairing your mobile device to Taylor & Francis online (video tutorial, 2 minutes 33 seconds)

For assistance pairing a mobile device see the "how-to" video guide above or see the Taylor & Francis online mobile FAQs (PDF)

Licensing and Resource Information

Other collections

Other collections

Check out the list below for information on printing and downloading from some of our popular e-book collections.

ACLS Humanities e-Book

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes, according to fair-use rights and restrictions.
Download: No

Cambridge Books Online

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print one chapter or up to 20% of pages from total collection, during any given four week period.
Download: Yes - may copy and paste one chapter from each title, or up to 5% of pages from the total collection, during any given four week period.

Cambridge Histories Online

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print one chapter or up to 5% from each title.
Download: No

Clinical Key e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

CSIRO e-book collection

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print up to 20% every 30 days of an e-books.
Download: Yes - offline reading with a 30 day automatic timeout. May copy and paste 5% every 30 days.

IEEE Wiley e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print "a reasonable number of pages from each e-book".
Download: No

Informa healthcare e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes.
Download: Yes - limited portions as PDF or 14 day loan through Adobe Digital Editions.

Institute of South East Asian studies e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print up to 10% of any given book or no more than a single chapter.
Download: Yes

Knovel

Licensing and Resource Information Print: Yes
Download: Yes - may download "excerpts of reasonable quantity".

MyiLibrary

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes - limited portions.

Ovid e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - may print one chapter or up to 5% from each title.
Download: No

Oxford Scholarship Online

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

Palgrave Connect Books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

RIBA e-book collection

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

ScienceDirect e-books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - reasonable portion of a chapter.
Download: Yes - reasonable portion of a chapter.

Thieme Electronic Book Library

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes - up to 10 pages.
Download: Yes - up to 20 pages.
For instructions on downloading Thieme e-books on PC or mobile devices, see Theime's user instructions.

Westlaw books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

Wiley Online Library Books

Licensing and Resource Information
Print: Yes
Download: Yes

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