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eBooks @ the Dalhousie University Libraries

Overview of Common Platforms

Reading ebooks online (NetID authentication required)

Most ebooks can be read online using a laptop or desktop computer (this option uses an interface provided by the vendor).

Special considerations:

  • If you are a slow reader, or stop reading to take a break - the platform may time-out
  • If you cannot view an ebook - we may have only one or two copies and someone else may be using them
  • Accessing an ebook is possible when other(s) are done and close their connection

Downloading ebooks (may require using Adobe software)

If this option is available, it allows you to read offline and prevents a time-out.

  • Some vendors require you to set up a free account in order to download (such as Adobe ID and MyEbsco)

  • Some ebooks can be downloaded as an unprotected PDF (requires Adobe Reader)

  • Most ebooks are available as a DRM-protected PDF, ACSM or ePUB file (these options require additional software)

  • Recommended software is Adobe's ADE which is free and can be used on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices (iOS & Android)

For some titles, you can download the entire book for 14 days, after installing ADE.

If all available copies are currently "checked out", you may place a hold on the title or view the book online.

Printing - Copying & Pasting

Expect limits on the number of pages you can print or copy and paste (these numbers are listed on the detailed screen).

Most ebooks can be read online using a laptop or desktop computer (this option uses an interface provided by the vendor).

Connect using your NetID (Dal authentication is required)

To find a book:

Click on EBSCO ebooks

To read online (usually these two options):

PDF - supports page level citations
EPUB - this format resizes to fit your screen

To download:

  • Create an EbscoHost account (if this is your first time downloading)
  • Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE 3.0 recommended) to read the file
  • Some files have a loan period of 7 or 14 days

Printing & Downloading

Check to see if there are limitations (see examples below):

Connect using your NetID (Dal authentication is required)

To find a book:

Click on ProQuest Ebook Cenral

To open the book:

You can begin reading the book...

To download:

Use your NetID to download the whole book  or just a chapter

  • Specify what device you will be using
  • Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE 3.0 recommended) to read the file
  • Download your book (the loan period is 7 days)

Additional information is needed to download a chapter

Printing & Downloading

Check to see if there are limitations:

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