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eBooks: Printing, downloading, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download or print an eBook?

Some publishers restrict the amount you can download and print from their eBooks.  See the boxes below for more information on these restrictions.

Why can't I download the Heriot-Watt eBooks to my Kindle?

Many book publishers do not allow universities to purchase eBooks that can be downloaded onto readers' Kindles.  However, some publishers produce their books in PDF format, which can be downloaded and transferred to your device - see the Kindle help page for assistance. 

Why am I getting a "book in use" message?

There are a limited number of copies of some books.  You will be able to join a waiting list to be alerted when your book becomes available - look for a "hold" option.  

Why isn't the book I want available electronically?

Many books are not available online, either because they have not been published electronically, or because they have not been purchased by Heriot-Watt.  Information about suggesting books for purchase can be found on the Information Services website.

Features of Askews

Edinburgh campus downloads issue: The default on some Edinburgh Campus computers opens downloaded Askews books with Adobe Acrobat.  You should make sure your download opens in Adobe Digital Editions instead (you might need to change the association of .acsm files from Adobe Acrobat to Adobe Digital Editions for this to happen automatically).

One concurrent reader eBooks

Some Askews eBooks can only be read by one student at a time. These "one concurrent reader" eBooks can be read online but cannot be downloaded.

If another student is using the eBook you want you can join a waiting list and will be notified when the book becomes available.

Printing

Limited printing - amount allowed varies from books to book.

Copy & Paste

Limited copying - amount allowed varies from books to book.

Downloading a copy of a book

It is not possible to download Askews eBooks on the university computer lab PCs, however you can download these books to your own laptop, tablet or PC. 

Downloading books requires Adobe Digital Editions.  Make sure you open your downloaded book with Adobe Digital Editions, not Adobe Acrobat.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

Instructions for Android devices: http://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/Help/AndroidHelp 

Instructions for iPads and iPhones: http://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/Help/iOSHelp

Askews use Adobe Digital Editions, so it is not possible to view these books on a Kindle.

Adding notes

Use the notes tab to create notes.

 

Features of Cambridge University Press

Printing Yes.
Copy & Paste Yes, but some formatting may be lost.
Downloading a copy of a book Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.
Downloading to an eBook Reader Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.
Adding notes No.

There are known problems opening Cambridge University Press eBooks with:

  • Adobe Acrobat 9 - try using Adobe Acrobat Reader, rather than the full version of Adobe Acrobat.
  • Safari 5.1.5 - try using a different browser, e.g., Firefox.

More advice can be found in CUP's frequently asked questions.

Features of ProQuest Ebook Central (formerly EBL)

The read online function for EBL books does not work well on iPads, but downloaded books can be read on iPads.

One concurrent user eBooks

Some EBL eBooks can only be read by one student at a time. These "one concurrent user" eBooks can be read online but cannot be downloaded.

If another student is using the eBook you want you can join a waiting list and will be notified when the book becomes available.

Printing

You can print up to 20% of each downloaded ebook, and a similar amount from books you read online.

Copy & Paste

You can copy up to 5% of each downloaded ebook, and a similar amount from books you read online

Downloading a copy of a book

It is not possible to download EBL books on the university computing lab PCs.

Some books allow downloading to personal devices.  This requires Adobe Digital Editions for computers, and the Bluefire Reader for iPads, iPhones or Android devices.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

You can download to iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Kindle Fires using the Bluefire Reader app.  You cannot download to standard Kindles.

Adding notes

Notes can be created using the notes tab on the online reader

More help:

http://proquest.libguides.com/ebookcentral  

Features of EBSCO eBooks

Printing No.
Copy & Paste No.
Downloading a copy of a book No.
Downloading to an eBook Reader No.
Adding notes Use "Add Note" symbol in right hand column of online book.  Notes will be stored in your MyEBSCOhost account - you must be logged into MyEBSCOhost to review your notes.

 

More help: http://support.ebsco.com/ebooks

Features of MyiLibrary

Printing

You might be able to print from MyiLibrary.  This depends on the copyright restrictions of each book.

If printing is allowed, you will be able to print up to 5% of the book.

Copy & Paste Yes - use Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste.
Downloading a copy of a book

The method used to download books in MyiLibrary varies.

Some titles can be fully downloaded.  You will need to "check out" (borrow) the eBook, and then go to My Account --> My bookshelf to download books.  You will need Adobe Digital Editions to download these MyiLibrary eBooks.

You can download a specific number of pages from some of the other MyiLibrary eBooks, e.g., 10 pages.  You will be informed of this limit when you click on the download icon.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

Some titles can be downloaded to eReaders that are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.  (Some MyiLibrary titles are not available for download.)

You cannot download to Kindles.  You cannot transfer books directly to your iPad/iPhone, but this might be possible with third party software (see more help link below).

Adding notes Add a note using the notes section in the menu at the left of an online book.  These are stored in your MyiLibrary account.

More help: http://lib.myilibrary.com/Help.aspx

Features of Oxford University Press

The following applies to most of the eBooks available from Oxford University Press, but a few books may have different terms and conditions.

Printing Yes.
Copy & Paste Yes.
Downloading a copy of a book Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.
Downloading to an eBook Reader Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.
Adding notes No.

More help: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/191/faqs-using-osoupso

Features of Palgrave

The following applies to most of the eBooks available from Palgrave, but a few books may have different terms and conditions.

Printing Yes.
Copy & Paste Yes.
Downloading a copy of a book Books can be downloaded as PDFs.
Downloading to an eBook Reader

Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.  Palgrave eBooks also have a "send to Kindle" link, which will convert the book to Kindle format.

Adding notes No.

Features of Sage

The following applies to most of the eBooks available from Sage, but a few books may have different terms and conditions.

Printing Yes.  (Printing for a few books may be limited to 10% of the book.)
Copy & Paste Yes.
Downloading a copy of a book Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.
Downloading to an eBook Reader Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.
Adding notes No.

More help: http://knowledge.sagepub.com/page/help-1/help

Features of ScienceDirect eBooks

Printing

Yes.

Copy & Paste

Yes.

Downloading a copy of a book

Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.

Adding notes

No.

Features of Springer

Printing

Yes.

Copy & Paste

Yes.

Downloading a copy of a book

Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.

Adding notes

No

Features of Wiley

The following applies to most of the eBooks available from Wiley, but a few books may have different terms and conditions.

Printing

Yes.

Copy & Paste

Yes.

Downloading a copy of a book

Book chapters can be downloaded as PDFs.

Downloading to an eBook Reader

Yes, if your eReader can use PDF format.

Adding notes

No.