Download e-books...

Downloading an e-book is useful as it can be read without being online.

You can download e-books in PDF format with no restrictions on a number of platforms including:

Most e-books from Taylor & Francis can be downloaded with no restrictions, but some individual books require a plug-in to be installed on your PC. For more information, see their help pages.

Some sites add some restrictions, or Digital Rights Management, to the files that you can download, and may require additional software to be installed.

...from Dawsonera

e-Books from Dawsonera can be downloaded for up to three days onto a PC, Mac, laptop, Android or iOS device.

From Dawsonera, click the 'Download' button of your chosen book.

Follow the onscreen instructions to download a PDF file to the location specified by your browser defaults. Please be patient - it may take a few minutes.

  • You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions to read Dawsonera books offline.
  • When you open the downloaded .acsm file, do so in Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Use the Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions apps for downloading the e-books on Android and iOS devices.

...from EBSCO

Most e-books from EBSCO can be downloaded for offline use. An option to ‘Download’ is displayed on the left of the e-book record when this is the case.

Click the Download link and login to your MyEBSCO account. If you do not have a MyEBSCO account, you can create one using the onscreen instructions.

When you are signed into MyEBSCO, you can download a .acsm file.

To open this, you will need:

  • Adobe Digital Editions installed on a PC or laptop.
  • Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader apps installed on an Android or iOS device.
  • DL Reader app installed on a Windows RT / Microsoft Surface.
  • An Adobe ID to enter when instructed.

Please note: e-Books from EBSCO cannot be downloaded to be read offline from a Library or campus student PC. The necessary software is not available on these machines. Use the PDF Full Text option to view the book online.

...from MyiLibrary

Some MyiLibrary titles can be downloaded in full for use offline - look for the heading Add to bookshelf for download. If this link it not present, then that particular book cannot be downloaded.

Onscreen instructions will prompt you to create an account within MyiLibrary to download books.

Once the book is added to your bookshelf, click on My Account in the top left of the screen, then on Bookshelf.

Click on the download button beside your chosen book.

This will download a .acsm file. To open this, you will need:

  • Adobe Digital Editions installed on a PC or laptop.
  • Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader apps installed on an Android or iOS device.
  • DL Reader app installed on a Windows RT / Microsoft Surface.
  • An Adobe ID to enter when instructed.

...from ProQuest Ebook Central

Most e-Books on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform can be downloaded for offline reading.

Click the ‘Download’ button on the left of the book details and choose how long you want to download the book for. You may be given a choice of formats - PDF or ePub. Make your choices, and click Download. The downloaded file will be a .acsm file.

You will be told what software you need to open the file, and be provided with a link to the software if you do not already have this installed on your PC or mobile device.

Print from e-books

You can print from some e-books. It depends on which platform the e-Book is on, and any restrictions placed on the book by its publisher.

Copyright Law generally allows you to print or copy up to one chapter or 5% of an e-book, whichever is greater. Some e-book platforms have Digital Rights Management incorporated into them, which will control how much you can print or copy. When using e-books, you must remain within the Copyright Law and any terms and conditions of the platform you’re using.

Access e-books and e-resources when off campus

Log in using your network (Blackboard) username and password to access all of the e-resources available through Library Search when off campus.

Either log in to Library Search using the log in option at the top right of the screen or log in when you follow the Read full text at... links in the View It tabs.

Use an e-book

We purchase e-books from different suppliers, so they differ in their look and feel.

When you find a book on Library Search, click the 'Online access' button to access the e-book.

When you visit the e-book platform, you may have to click on a link to open the book: e.g.Read Online, View this book or something similar. Sometimes there is a PDF option.

The number of people that can use an e-book at the same time varies, depending on the supplier.

If an e-book is in use you will be asked to try again later. e-Books open on a first come, first served basis.

e-Books usually have a navigation panel on the left, showing chapters. The full text is displayed on the right.

Use Kortext

Kortext is an e-book platform that provides access to textbooks from a range of publishers. As well as the online version, there are apps that can be used on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Use the apps to purchase textbooks from Kortext and store and read other PDFs.

The Library is piloting providing access to some textbooks for some students in 2018. If you are one of these students you will already have had an email from the Library about this, and an activation email from Kortext. If you're not sure, then either search in your University email account for 'Kortext' or use the 'Forgotten Password' option.

e-Book advantages

You can typically:

  • access e-books on and off campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • avoid waiting for requests or copies that are out on loan
  • print a number of relevant pages
  • search the e-book for keywords
  • make notes, save them and print them off
  • export the citation to a citation manager such as EndNote

Make notes in an e-book

Many platforms, including DawsonEra, EBSCO and MyiLibrary, allow for electronic note making when reading an e-book. You will need to be logged on to do this so that your notes can be saved and returned to. See the help sections on the platform you are using or contact your Academic Support Librarian for further guidance.