UAL eBook Tips and Tricks


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. To see a comprehensive list of all eBooks collections, click here.

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)


 Yes but download single  chapter only via email

 ABC-CLIO ebook Help

 ACLS Humanities


 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)


 Search Help / FAQ

 American Chemical Society (ACS) 



 ACS Support Center

 Blackwell Reference


 No limits imposed on printing

 FAQs (including technical issues) /  Help


 Yes, as a PDF, and  only a single chapter

 Yes, only single chapter

 Help / FAQ


 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

 Brill Online


 Yes, as a PDF, and only  a single chapter


 Yes, only a single chapter


 Help / FAQ


 CAB eBooks

 Yes in PDF format

 No limits


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

 Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to Taylor & Francis for further information.

 Cambridge Core


 Yes, as a PDF, and only  a single chapter. For  Kindle, use Kindle  Personal Document  Service.


 Yes, only a single chapter

 Help / FAQ


 De Gruyter ebooks

 Yes, in PDF or ePUB.

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

 De Gruyter Help


 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.


 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.  


  • (ScienceDirect ebook package)

 Yes, print / download available

 Limited print / download options

 ScienceDirect Help


  •    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


 Yes. Print / Download Available

 Limited print / download options

 Knovel Support Centre


 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 


 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


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

 No Limits

 Frequently Asked Questions

ProQuest Ebook Central 

  • Business Expert Press 
  • ebraryAs of November 30, 2016, all ebooks the University of Alberta Libraries had purchased on the ebrary platform have moved to ProQuest Ebook Central platform. This new platform maintains all the same functionality as ebrary.

 Yes. Print / Download available on mobile devices. Details here.

Download and print chapter/page limits vary by ebook. 

 Frequently Asked Questions


 Yes. Print  or download individual pages

  Limited print / download options

 About Engineering Village


 Yes to print but no download

  Limited print option

 Frequently Asked Questions

10-user limit


 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


 Yes. Print / Download Available

 Wiley Help