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A guide on finding and using e-books in Stellenbosch University Library.
Last Updated: Oct 6, 2017 URL: http://libguides.sun.ac.za/ebooks Print Guide RSS Updates

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Digital Rights Management

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is copyright protection for an electronic product that limits the length of the loan of the downloaded e-book, and the amount of copying and printing. You will usually be told what the limits are when you try to print or copy from e-books that are DRM-protected.

Many tablets/smartphones/e-book readers and applications now support Adobe DRM. On a computer the free Adobe Digital Editions is needed to access (read) downloaded Adobe DRM protected content on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions Help.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access e-Books downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM). The books you purchase or download on one device will appear automatically across all the devices you have ADE on.

Download ADE.

      
     

    Downloading e-books at SU

    Worth knowing

    In the case of e-books, the meaning of “download” is to borrow the book for a number of days and to be able to read the book offline. The one big advantage of downloading a book is that for the entire time of the download (up to 7 days, even 14 in some cases), the user has sole access to this book. The book can be accessed offline on a laptop or other mobile device. The disadvantage of course is that for the entire time of the download the book is not available to anyone else.

    Keep in mind that a book does not have to be downloaded to be read. A book can be read online, the user can copy and print, make notes, etc. and when the user leaves the platform, the book is available for someone else to use. 

    The following four e-book platforms are called aggregator platforms (as opposed to publisher platforms) and are DRM protected (see box on the left). Each platform has its own specifications regading downloading, copying and printing.

    All (or most of) the other platforms on our e-book website are publisher platforms that are DRM free, which means there is no limit on the number of pages that can be copied or printed, and you can download an e-book chapter without having to create a personal account. Please note, however, that everything is still subject to general copyright laws and to our licence agreements.

    Platform

    Specifications 

    EBL

    • Books with unlimited access can be downloaded for up to 7 days. The user can choose the number of days.
    • Books with 3-user or single access can be downloaded for up to 3 days. The user can choose the number of days.
    • A notice will indicate when a book cannot be downloaded because it has reached its concurrent user limit.
    • No option to place a hold.
    • No personal account is needed to download a book. This means that the book is only accessible on the device on which it was downloaded.Students working in the library should keep this in mind.
    • Ebooks downloaded to personal computers are read via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
    • A downloaded book cannot be returned before the chosen period has expired.
    • Patrons using iPads, iPhones or Android devices can download and read EBL content via the free Bluefire Reader app.
    • You will be asked to "create a loan" before you can print or copy. A loan is for 1 day. When the loan expires and you still want to read the book, simply request another loan. While a book is on loan, it is not available to other users.
    • Printing is restricted to 20% of each ebook, and copying 5%. Similar restrictions apply when you read ebooks offline.
    • Remaining print/copy balances can be viewed for each ebook on the Details tab in the Online Reader. The EBL Print Screen will also tally your remaining print balance while you print.

    Read more on EBL's guide on how to search, find, and use ebooks in the EBL patron interface.

    Ebrary

    • You must first create a free Ebrary account and be signed in in order to download a book or chapter using the Download button underneath each book.
    • Books with unlimited access can be downloaded for 14 days (no choice)
    • Books with single accesscan be downloaded for 7 days (no choice)
    • The user has to create a personal Ebrary account and log in to be able to download a book or to add it to their bookshelf.
    • Ebooks downloaded to personal computers are read via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
    • Patrons using iPads, iPhones or Android devices can download and read ebrary content via the free Bluefire Reader app.
    • A downloaded book cannot be returned before the loan period has expired.
    • No option to place a hold, but the user will see clearly when a book is not available for download and in how many days it is due back.
    • Up to 60 pages of an e-book can be printed out, copied or downloaded as a PDF file that will not expire duiring each session. The print button is under Info Tools in the top left corner of the screen.
    ProQuest Ebrary Libguidehas some helpful information about this platform.

    Remember: Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents.

    Ebook Central

    EBSCOhost e-books

    • You must first create a free, personal EBSCOhost account (My EBSCOhost) and be signed in in order to download, copy or print.
    • Books with multiple access can be downloaded for up to 7 days. The user can choose the number of days.
    • Books with single access can be downloaded for up to 3 days. The user can choose the number of days.
    • The user can return a downloaded book before the loan period has expired. Do this on Adobe Digital Editions.
    • A user can place a hold if a book is in use and will receive a notification when the book is returned.
    • Adobe® Digital Editions is required for offline viewing.
    • Bluefire Reader is recommended for the downloading of EBSCOHost e-books to mobile devices.

    Read more about downloading EBSCOhost e-books

    • Up to 60 pages of an e-book can be printed or saved per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer.
    • Note: The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits. A message indicating the number of pages available to print will appear on your screen when you hit the print icon.

    Read more about printing e-book pages

    MyiLibrary

     

    Stellenbosch University's MyiLibrary license does not allow books to be downloaded, except for 10% of a book that can be copied and 5% that can be printed.

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