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Eresources help: Ebook FAQs

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 allow unlimited use and some are controlled by Digital Rights Management (DRM) which can limit the number of users and the amount of time an Ebook can be viewed and downloaded, such as 3 concurrent users only or a 7-day 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 to allow for unlimited usage and download. However, publishers do not always 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 offline page for a step-by-step guide on how to download DRM Ebooks 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.

Accessing ebooks from other countries

Due to licensing agreements and restrictions, some ebooks are available in other countries but not in Australia?