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Ebook and database apps help guide: FAQs

A basic guide for using the Library’s Ebooks

Are there access limits on Ebooks?

Ebooks work the same as print books in traditional libraries. Only Ebooks are in a virtual library, some Ebooks have limited licenses use such as 3 concurrent users only or unlimited users. Some are controlled by Digital Rights Management (DRM), which limit the amount of time an Ebook can be viewed and downloaded, like 3 copies of an Ebook or 7 days download viewing period. This is a way for publishers to control who can read purchased Ebooks, and to restrict what can be done with them. 

The library always aims to purchase Ebooks that are DRM free. Which allows for unlimited usage and download. However, some publishers do not offer Ebooks that are DRM free.

Where can I access Ebooks from the library?

Accessing and searching for Ebooks can be done in several ways.

Can I highlight text and take notes in Ebooks?

Highlighting and note taking features are available on ProQuest Central Ebook platform and BlueFire Reader app.

How can I read Ebooks online?

Online reader is available on all Ebook platforms and requires no software other than an internet browser on your device. 

Do I need software or hardware to download Ebooks offline?

The majority of our Ebooks can be downloaded in standard PDF file. Some are controlled by Digital Rights Management (DRM), which limit the amount of time an Ebook can be viewed and downloaded. Specific software such as Adobe Digital Editions and BlueFire Reader are required.

See the Reading online & downloading Ebooks offline page for a step-by-step guide on how to download DRM Ebooks on Adobe Digital Editions and BlueFire Reader.

Can I read Ebooks on my mobile device?

Ebooks can be viewed on PC, laptop, and mobile device such as smart phones or tablets. Online reading requires no software other then the mobile device internet browser. The majority of our Ebooks can be downloaded in standard PDF file. Some Ebook platforms offer apps to read on smartphones and tablets, refer to Database apps.

Offline reading on mobile devices requires specific software such as Adobe Digital Editions and BlueFire Reader. See the Reading online & downloading ebooks offline page for a step-by-step guide on how to download DRM Ebooks on Adobe Digital Editions and BlueFire Reader.

Can I print from Ebooks?

Some Ebook platforms and publishers only let you download / print / save a single chapter at a time, or even a very limited number of pages.