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.
Print, copy and download
The amount you can print or copy varies between providers. For more information, and instructions for downloading chapters, check our provider pages.
Creating a loan for an e-book does not count against your borrowing. The item will not appear in 'My account' .
Most e-books cannot be downloaded to a computer on campus. While you will not be able to save the e-book to the computer, you can still read it online.
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.
Having trouble opening PDFs in your browser? Visit Acrobat Help for instructions.
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.
Some e-book providers have their own, or recommended apps. They can allow you to access and read e-books from your mobile device.
Deakin College, Alumni and community borrowers
All our e-book collections are accessible for Deakin staff and students. To find out what Deakin College, Alumni and community borrowers can access, visit:
Licence and access information
To check user access for an e-book collection, select the 'Licence and access information' link at A-Z databases.
Contact us for e-book help
Adobe Digital Editions
Many collections require Adobe Digital Editions to download an e-book. ADE is a separate application from Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and has been designed specifically for reading e-books.
You can transfer protected books between multiple computers and mobile devices. Simply authorize each of your machines with your Adobe ID.
Note: ADE cannot be downloaded onto Deakin computers.
- Download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
- Create and activate an Adobe ID.
- You must also 'authorize' your Adobe ID on your device.
You can print from ADE . Refer to the page number inside the brackets for print selection.
Visit the Adobe Digital Editions FAQ for other tips and instructions.
Bluefire Reader App
To read an e-book on your Android or Apple mobile device, you will require the Bluefire Reader app. Bluefire is an ADE compatible app. The first time you use Bluefire, you will need to authorise the app with your Adobe ID.
To download your e-book onto a mobile device, get the free Bluefire Reader app.