eBooks

Firefox & EBSCO eBooks

Effective April 29, 2016: The recent Firefox 45.0 update does not display EBSCO pdfs properly. We encourage you to use other  web browsers to open and view EBSCO eBooks until EBSCO/Firefox finds a solution. 

 

Contact

This libguide is maintained by the Cameron Library public service team. Questions can be directed to sciref@ualberta.ca

eBook Basics

Every ebook collection is different in terms of downloading and printing content; these limits are set by publishers. Some ebooks are made available via the publisher's own e-platform or access to the ebook is facilitated via a 3rd party provider (aggregator). For example ebooks from Cambridge University Press are made available on the my ilibrary (platform) by Ingram (provider/aggregator). So one platform could include ebooks by various publishers. Some ebook collections will allow books to be downloaded to your computer or reader, while others are only available for reading online.  Some collections also restrict the amount of text you may download or the number of pages you may print. 

eBook Downloading, Printing and Troubleshooting

This table includes some (but not all) of the ebook platforms used to provide access to ebooks at U of A Libraries. For further assistance with this table or any other aspect of ebooks, please do not hesitate to ask us

ebook platform / provider

Can I download these ebooks to mobile devices or for viewing offline?

Can I print/save pages?

 (limits can vary; check each title)

Technical help documentation & notes (if no mention of concurrent user limits then assume unlimited)

 ABC-CLIO

 Yes but download single  chapter only via email

 

 ABC-CLIO ebook Help

 ACLS Humanities

 No  

 Limited pages in PDF view

 Search help / FAQ

 ACM Digital Library

The ACM DL app for Android, iOS and Windows is now available (and free)

 Yes

 Search Help / FAQ

 American Chemical Society (ACS) 

 

 

 

 Blackwell Reference

 No

 No limits imposed on printing

 FAQs (including technical issues) /  Help

 Books @ Ovid

 Yes, only a single chapter  but not entire book.

 Book chapters and sections  within a chapter permitted. 

 Check Browsing Books section

 Unlimited for most, some older books are 1-user limit (for UofA) or 2-3-user limit (shared with HKN) per title

 Books 24x7   

 Yes but limited download in PDF format

 

 Individual Account Required; 6-user limit for all books 24x7

 CAB eBooks

 Yes in PDF format

 No limits

 

 CRCnetBase

 Yes, can print / download single chapter. Available on mobile devices.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 De Gruyter ebooks

 Yes, in PDF or ePUB.

 Yes, once book section is  downloaded,  print option is  available.

 De Gruyter Help

 desLibris

 Documents may be downloaded in PDF; book titles are available for online access only.

 Yes, limit unknown

 Create Patron Account to use Virtual Bookshelf.

 Duke University Press eBooks

 Yes, authorized users can download chapter-level PDFs of ebooks.

 Yes, authorized users can print unlimited pages; however, the reader interface currently prints one page at a time.

 

 EBSCO

 Yes, for unlimited and 3-user limits ebooks.

No, for 1-user limit ebooks. 

To download for offline viewing, you need:

1. MyEBSCOhost account

2. For reading on your desktop: download and install Adobe Digital Editions

3. For reading on your device: Bluefire Reader app [iPad/iPhone OR for Android tablet/phone] & Adobe Digital Editions ID 

 Unlimited and 3-user: Loan up to 14 days

Checkout limit: 50 items

Placing holds: items are held for 1 day for next person in line to download.

For more information see here.

 

 Limited print / download options

 EBSCO ebooks Support Center;

unlimited, 1- or 3-user limits

Privacy Concerns re. Adobe Digital Editions v.4

· For users wishing to download and then transfer to a dedicated ebook reader (e.g. Nook Touch), EBSCO recommends using an earlier version of Adobe Digital Editions. (ie Adobe 3 Reader)

 

· For users wishing to download and read on a desktop, EBSCO recommends using Datalogics’ DL Reader or an earlier version of Adobe Digital Editions.

 

· Users wishing to download  to a mobile device are unaffected and can continue using Bluefire Reader.  

 ebrary

Yes, for unlimited and 3-user limits ebooks. No, for 1-user limit ebooks.

To download for offline viewing, you need:

1. An ebrary account

2. For reading on your desktop: download and install Adobe Digital Editions

3. For reading on your mobile device: Bluefire Reader app  [iPad/iPhone OR for Android tablet/phone] & an Adobe Digital Editions ID 

Unlimited user limit: 14 day loan

3-user limit: 7 days for the first two copies, download not available for the last copy

Checkout limit: 50 items
 
For more information see here.
 
 

 Limited print option

 Proquest ebrary ebook Libguide

 ebrary Support Center

 Concurrent  user levels 

 unlimited, 1- or 3-user limits

Individual Account Required

 

Privacy Concerns re. Adobe Digital Editions v.4

·  ebrary recommends using an earlier version of Adobe Digital Editions. (i.e. Adobe 3 Reader)

· Users wishing to download to a mobile device are unaffected and can continue using Bluefire Reader.

 Elsevier 

  • (ScienceDirect ebook package)

 Yes, print / download available

 Limited print / download options

 ScienceDirect Help

 Emerald    

  •    Business / management / economics / social sciences

 Yes, print / download available

 

 

 IEEE Xplore

  • IEEE Wiley ebooks published 1974-2014
  • MIT Press eBooks published 1974-2014

 Yes. Download chapters in PDF; no limit. Users are permitted to download content found in IEEE Xplore for personal use. 

 Print PDF chapters; no limit. Users are permitted to print content found in IEEE Xplore for personal use. 

 

 IET Digital Library

 Yes. Download chapters in PDF; no limit

 Print PDF chapters; no limits

 

 Knovel

 Yes. Print / Download Available

 Limited print / download options

 Knovel Support Centre

 MyiLibrary

 Yes but printing only up to 10%;  Download for multi-user (2 of 3 copies available; 1 held back for viewing online)

 Limited print option

 Coutts Help

1-user limit, multi-user = 3 user limit 

 NetBase

 Yes. Print / Download Available

 Limited print / download  options

 Click Browse Content

 Oxford Scholarship Online

 Yes. Print / Download Available

 Limited print / download  options

 Take a Tour of Oxford Scholarship  Online, or  Frequently Asked  Questions

 Palgrave-Macmillan

 Yes. Download available on mobile devices. Can send to Kindle

 No Limits

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Referex

 Yes. Print  or download individual pages

  Limited print / download options

 About Engineering Village

 Safari

 Yes to print but no download

  Limited print option

 Frequently Asked Questions

6-user limit

 Springer

 Yes. Print / Download Available

  No download limit

 Browse by discipline

 Taylor & Francis 

 Yes. Print and download available

  Print limit on DRM  protected  ebooks only

 Advanced Search for UAL accessible collections; 

5-user limit

 University Press Scholarship  Online

 

 Limited print / download options

 Take a Tour  or  Frequently Asked  Questions

 Wageningen ebooks

 Yes, PDF available to download. 

 Yes, PDF available to print.

 Wageningen Help

 Wiley

 Yes. Print / Download Available

 

 Wiley Help