Using ebooks

The libraries at Falmouth and Exeter subscribe to thousands of ebooks. Using a university ebook is different to using an ebook that you might have bought for your own personal use and the following video will give you a good overview.

University of Exeter students might prefer to use their Ebook LibGuide

 

Watch this short introductory video about ebooks in academic libraries (1:41 minutes)

  • What are they?
  • How do they work?
  • How are they different?

e-Books in Academic Libraries

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How to access ebooks

You can search for eBooks using Library Search for your university.

All ebooks can be read online from most browsers. You will be able to access them off campus too, as long as you have an internet connection.

Falmouth

  • Via the Falmouth University Library Search.
  • Narrow your search to ebooks by using the filters.

Exeter

How to download, print and copy from an ebook

Downloading a book or chapter from it will allow you to read it offline. This can be really useful if you are travelling and will be without internet access.

When you download an ebook, it is similar to borrowing a physical book and in most cases the book will be on loan to you for a period of time, set by the publishers. When the due date arrives, your access expires. You can always download them again.

To be able to download an ebook, you will need some software installed (most of our ebook platforms will provide a link to this software):

  • Download to a IOS or android phone or device: Bluefire Reader
  • Download to a laptop/desktop: Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Digital Editions software

Like physical books, ebooks are protected by Copyright Law. Most ebook suppliers have applied Digital Rights Management software to their ebooks and this will automatically limit how much you are able to print or copy.

Ebook help

The following links will take you to Help pages for the different suppliers that we use:
• Ebook Central (Proquest)
• VLe Books (Holt Askews)

Exeter University have a comprehensive Ebook Guide which provides instructions about how to use ebooks provided by different suppliers.

Alternatively, please email library@fxplus.ac.uk or use the ‘Ask the library’ service if you are having problems.

EBook FAQ

Can I ask the Library to buy ebooks from Amazon or Google eBookstore?

These sites sell ebooks to individuals and not to libraries.

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Reading technologies

If you sometimes find it hard to take in the meaning of what you read (either in print or online) or if reading on screen is particularly challenging then there are useful free apps, plug-ins and other tools to help access texts or enhance your reading skills.

Visit our eBook accessibility page and look at the NoDSA no problem Sway below which tells you about free software you can use.

Other relevant resources in Study Hub

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No DSA software? No problem

Follow the link to find out about useful free technology that you can use if you don't get DSA

Technology for study

Technology for study

Guides on assistive technology for your devices, Office 365 and browser.