Answered By: Elizabeth Lowe
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2020     Views: 3107

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Ways to read and use eBooks can vary depending on the publisher and the eBook provider.  General advice is provided here, but more specific advice can be found in the help pages of the relevant eBook platform, listed below. 

You can search for ebooks using both the Catalogue and Discover. If you are off campus, you will be required to enter your MWS username and password before you can access the eBook. To search for eBooks on the catalogue you can change the 'limit your search' tab to 'limit to eBooks'.

Catalogue limit to eBooks

 

In Discover you can limit your search results to eBooks via the 'Limit by type' option on the left.

 

Discover Limit by type

 

You can also use the search function inside individual eBook platforms, see the Help pages for eBook platforms tab below.

Most eBooks in our collection can be read online, on Windows or Mac computers, and iOS devices and Android devices. Usually only an up to date web browser is required; the eBook will open within the browser. If you are off campus, you will be required to enter your MWS username and password before you can access the eBook.

Many of the eBooks in our collection can be downloaded to a personal computer or mobile device (you will be taken to the mobile-optimised version of the site).  Download to a dedicated eBook Reader is sometimes supported; check the help pages for the relevant eBook platform (below) for instructions.  Rather than using a dedicated eBook reader, we suggest you use an iPad or other tablet, or mobile device.

Where eBooks can be downloaded, different providers use different file formats (e.g. PDF, or ePUB).  A PDF reader (on a computer or mobile device) is required in most cases. eBook platforms will specify if specific software is required, which you will need to install before downloading the eBook, for example Adobe Digital Editions or Kortext Reader.

Please note that PDF readers cannot be downloaded on University PC Centre PCs. You can however, install on your own pc, laptop, tablet or other mobile device.

A dedicated eBook reader is much more limited: it might only work with a specific file type, or with files purchased from a particular store. As PDF files can't be made to 're flow' on an eBook reader, you need to zoom in and move around the text, whereas on a tablet or laptop you can use a PDF reader app or software designed for just that, which gives much greater flexibility.

You can copy and print from most of the library's eBooks. You will usually be allowed to copy and print up to 10% of a title (in accordance with copyright restrictions).

However, restrictions to copying and printing can vary depending on the publisher and the eBook platform.  Some books are subject to additional limits.

eBook platforms with titles subject to additional restrictions include ProQuest eBook central, EBSCOhost eBooks and DawsonEra.  When you view an eBook on those platforms, they display information about the specific copy /  print limits that apply to it.

EBooks are not strictly "borrowed" as print books are, as they are only available to read online or to be downloaded under license agreements with eBook providers/vendors. Consequently they are not issued on your library account with your University / library card, and do not need to be "returned".

If you have problems accessing eBooks or require help in using them, use one of the Contact us methods on this page.

Some eBooks purchased by the library are subject to a limit on the number of readers that can access the book at the same time.

This is due to how the eBooks are sold and licenced, and is similar to to having a specific number of copies of the printed book on the shelves. Different books on the same eBook platform can be subject to different simultaneous reader limits.

When you view an eBook, the eBook platform will display information about the number of copies available.

If no copies are available when you select the eBook, try again in 15 to 20 minutes, as one may have become available.  If the current reader stops using the eBook for a length of time, it will automatically be made available to other readers.  Some eBook platforms offer a ‘queue’ or alerting service to allow you to be notified when the eBook does become available.

The Library will always try to get electronic versions of key reading. However, sometimes publishers don't make texts available as eBooks which can be licensed by libraries. You can request an ebook version via the Get It For Me, or contact your Liaison Librarian.

Please note, we are unable to license eBooks from Amazon. Occasionally, the cost of institutional licenses for eBooks can be prohibitive. 

Please see the list below for specific eBook platforms' general help, privacy and accessibility standards. 

Links to available help pages for some major eBook platforms:

​Askews and Holts VLE Books

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Bloomsbury

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Cambridge Core (Cambridge University Press)

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

DawsonEra eBooks

General Help

Accessibility

Privacy

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Early European Books

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

EBSCO eBooks

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

access via 'help' link in resource

Accessibility

Privacy

ElgarOnline

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

​IEEE Xplore eBooks

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

JSTOR

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Oxford Scholarship Online 

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Proquest eBook Central (EBC)

General help / Read Online and Downloading help

Accessibility

Privacy

ScienceDirect eBooks

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

SpringerLink

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

Taylor & Francis eBooks

General help

Accessibility: T&F support priority 1 (level A) of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WAIG).

Privacy

Wiley Online Library

General help

Accessibility

Privacy

 

If the eBook platform you are using is not listed above, information about accessibility, privacy can usually be found as links at the bottom of the webpage or via the platforms help pages.

Accessibility statements for online Library resources are also available via Databases - Accessibility Statements. The list provides links to the accessibility statements of vendors of library databases, e-journal and e-book platforms in our collections.

The list will be updated as more links to accessibility statements become available.

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