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e-books

The basics

All e-book collections have different settings regarding use.

The information below refers to e-books generally.

e-book collections

The Library provides access to a number of different e-book collections. Collections sit on platforms designed and managed by different providers. These include EBSCOhost, Springer etc.

Each platform has a slightly different design and way to access, read, print and download an e-book. Information for specific platforms is available via the tabs to the left.

Printing copying and downloading

e-book loans

Creating a loan for an e-book does not count against your borrowing and will not appear in My checkouts and holds.

e-book file types

The most common files types for e-books are PDF and ePUB.

  • PDF is fixed, like an image. If you view a PDF on your phone, you will need to zoom and scroll to read it.
  • ePUB stands for 'electronic publication'. This is a free and open e-book standard designed for reflowable content. This means the text display is designed for flowing text, which adapts the amount of words per line to the device being used, or the chosen font size.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Some of the Library's e-books are protected by DRM systems.

DRM controls the use of digital content and determines how many users can access the content, how it can be accessed and what can be done with it.

DRM is set by the e-book vendor, author or publisher and monitored by software (such as Adobe Digital Editions).

Due to DRM, most e-books cannot be downloaded to a computer on campus as you will not be able to install extra software or other plug-ins to the computer. While you will not be able to save the e-book to the computer, you can still read online.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Many collections require Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to download an e-book.

Download ADE

ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books.

Create an Adobe ID

The first time you run ADE, you will be asked to activate it with your Adobe ID. An Adobe ID 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. Visit the Adobe Digital Editions FAQ for more information.

Printing from Adobe Digital Editions

The page numbering system from Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will not mimic that of the e-book itself. To see the actual page number as displayed in the e-book, from the top of the menu bar, choose Reading, Show page numbers. To print from ADE

  1. Look at the page number displayed at the bottom of the screen on the scroll bar
  2. Scroll through with the bar to find your page range
  3. From the menu, choose File, Print, and enter the page (e.g. 40) or page range (e.g. 40-42) into the Page field

Apps

Some collections have their own apps or recommend a particular app for use with their product. Some are designed to work on tablets/phones with iOS (iPad/iPhone) and/or Android. Apps referred to are those recommended by the e-book providers.

Creating accounts

Some collections require you to create an account to print, copy or download. Depending on the package, this may let you save searches, citations, access reading history and download.

MIBT, Alumni and community borrowers

All of our e-book collections are accessible for Deakin staff and students. See below for information for MIBT, Alumni and community borrowers.

Finding e-books

Find e-books on a topic

  • From the Library homepage, type in some keywords that describe your topic, then select Search
  • The search results will display a variety of resources relating to your search terms
  • To limit the search to just e-books, select e-book from the format menu on the left hand side of the page
  • Further limits, such as Publish Date, can be used to further refine your search result to find the latest publications
  • Access to the e-book is available via the linked collection name (i.e. Ebook Library (EBL)). This is the name of the platform on which the title sits.

Find e-books on a topic (using Library Search)

  • From the Library homepage, type in some keywords that describe your topic, then select Search
  • The search results will display a variety of resources relating to your search terms
  • To refine your search results to just e-books, select the Show more link under the Source Types menu on the left hand side of the screen
  • Click the check box to limit to e-books and select Update
  • Access to the e-book is available via the linked collection name (i.e. Ebook Library (EBL)). This is the name of the platform on which the title sits.

Ebook Library

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

Access

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

After five minutes of browsing you will be asked to create a loan.

Creating a loan is free and allows you to access the e-book online for 24 hours.

Once the loan period has expired the book will automatically be returned.

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 limited concurrent users and will advise you when a copy will be available.

Print

EBL recommend printing from their online Reader. Several methods for printing are available within EBL including:

  • Printing current page: The last page you were on before selecting print is the page which will be printed
  • Printing page range: To print a page range, simply enter the page number as it appears within the e-book presented on EBL, e.g. 24-32. To print other pages, these can be separated by commas e.g. 23-24,26-27
  • Printing a chapter: Select the relevant chapter(s) for printing and select Print Selected Pages

Printing from Adobe Digital Editions

The page numbering system from Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will not mimic that of the e-book itself. To see the actual page number as displayed in the e-book, from the top of the menu bar, choose Reading, Show page numbers.

To print from ADE

  1. Look at the page number displayed at the bottom of the screen on the scroll bar
  2. Scroll through with the bar to find your page range
  3. From the menu, choose File, Print, and enter the page (e.g. 40) or page range (e.g. 40-42) into the Page field

Copy

You can copy and paste up to 5% of a title. You will see how many pages you are allowed to copy after selecting Print.

Note: Regardless of whether you copy an entire page of text, or simply one line, EBL counts this as one page.

Download

You can download a title for up to 14 days.

To download EBL titles for offline reading, 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.

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

Download to a 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 EBL and select download. The item will download to ADE.

Download to a mobile device

  • 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.
  • Download and authorize Bluefire Reader app from iTunes or Bluefire Reader app from Google Play.
  • Return to EBL and select download. The item will download to Bluefire Reader.

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 EBL 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

ebrary

ebrary is a multidisciplinary e-book collection.

Access

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

Print

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

To print or copy from an e-book use the InfoTools menu. Alternatively, you can right click on the text of your e-book which will also provide you with the same menu functions.

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

Ebsco e-books

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

Access

EBSCOhost e-books can be read online in the e-book Viewer by clicking the e-book Full Text link in the Result list or Detailed Record.

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 or save

Up to 60 pages can be printed or saved per user as a PDF file from within the e-book Full Text viewer.

Note: The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.

To print (or save) e-books pages as a PDF:

  1. Open the e-book in the e-book Full Text viewer
  2. Go to the first page of the section of pages you would like to print and click the Print icon in the right column
  3. The Print PDF menu is displayed
  4. Select to print:
    • Current Page: Print only the page you are viewing.
    • Current Page and the next XX pages: Enter the number of pages (up to 60) in the field provided.
    • This Section: Select to print the entire section of the e-book. (If available to select)
  5. Select:
    • Print PDF: To send the selected pages to your printer
    • Send as an e-mail: To e-mail the selected pages as a PDF file to yourself

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 EBL 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.

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 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 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 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 e-books

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 FAQs

Pairing 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

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

ACLS Humanities e-Book

Access ACLS Humanities e-Book

Licensing and Resource Information

Print: Yes, according to fair-use rights and restrictions.

Download: No

Cambridge Books Online

Access 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

Access 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

CSIRO e-book collection

Access 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

Access 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

Access 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

Access 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

Access Knovel

Licensing and Resource Information

Print: Yes

Download: Yes - may download "excerpts of reasonable quantity".

MyiLibrary

Access MyiLibrary

Licensing and Resource Information

Print: Yes

Download: Yes - limited portions.

Ovid e-books

Access 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

Palgrave Connect Books

RIBA e-book collection

ScienceDirect e-books

Access 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

Access Thieme Electronic Book Library

Licensing and Resource Information

Print: Yes - up to 10 pages.

Download: Yes - up to 20 pages.

Westlaw books

Wiley Online Library Books

e-book help

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