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eBook Basics

What is an eBook?

Oxford Reference defines an eBook as: A book that is stored on a Web site and can be downloaded to a client, printed and read. Currently such books are out of copyright and are supplied free. However, there are some sites which sell ebooks in a computer readable form...or  a digitized version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a hand-held electronic device, or a book-length text designed to be read on a screen.

Altenative terms for eBooks are online books, electronic books, e-books, e-Book, ebooks, digital books or  e-editions.

 

What is DRM?

DRM or Digital Rights Management is software which protects the copyright of electronic (digital) media. The software generally controls access, sharing, viewing, printing, playing and manipulation of electronic media.  On the issue of eBooks, DRM will set the parameters for the length of borrowing time allowed to users and control the number of copies that may be printed.

Many of the Library eBook subscribed collections require Adobe Digital Editions DRM free software to download an eBook in EPUB and PDF formats, such as EBL and MyiLibrary. 

 

What eBook formats are available?

EPUB - electronic publication  - is a format which enables the page or eBook to resize to the device it is being viewed on. It is one of the more popular formats for viewing eBooks. (Kindle is the only device which does not support EPUB). The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) approved this format as the Standard for eBook publishing.

PDF - portable document format - is a digitised scan of a book.  It is the most popular format currently available. It is not very flexible although there are fixes which are being developed to enable resizing to device. 

TXT - basic text files which do not keep any special formatting.

HTML - hyper text markup language - is a web based file type.  eBooks will be read within your preferred web browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, IE and OS.

For a more complete list of available eBook formats, see eBook Formats Guide.



Copy, Print or Download - what do these terms mean?

Copy allows you to cut and paste short passages from the book to another document (useful for quotes).

Print allows you to print pages/selections up to the copyright (or publisher) limit.  This can be from one or more chapters. In some eBook databases (such as Ebook Central), the page tally will tell you how many pages in total you can print and also how many you have left once you start printing.

Download will let you ‘borrow’ an entire book for a specific number of days (like borrowing a physical book).  Once you download it, you can access the book without being connected to the internet.

Download a chapter  will often provide you with a pdf of the chapter which you can keep.  (depending on the eBook provider)



Amazon has it as an eBook, why can’t the library buy that?

Digital copies of books may be available for individual purchase, but for a number of reasons the publisher may decide not to offer the same title in this format to academic libraries. Some titles may be offered after a delay, but other titles may never be made available to libraries.

 

eBook Collections

Click for a list of subscribed eBook Collections or for a list of Open Access eBook Collections.

Amazon has it as an eBook, why can’t the library buy that?

Digital copies of books may be available for individual purchase, but for a number of reasons the publisher may decide not to offer the same title in this format to academic libraries. Some titles may be offered after a delay, but other titles may never be made available to libraries.

 

Accessibility

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE Accessibility) can be used with various screen readers, including JAWS, NVDA, or Window-Eyes on Windows and VoiceOver on Mac. Version 3.0 and above, support:

  • full keyboard controls (tab navigation and shortcuts)
  • text enlargement
  • high-contrast modes
 

Technical issues

Software issues:

There is a link to Library IT help page which may assist in solving some of the basic issues surrounding access to eBooks.

This includes a list:

For further Library IT help, please contact:

 IT Service Desk on (02) 6773 5000

eBook Platform help:

App and eBook Reader help:

 

Printing, Copying and Downloading

Copyright and Commercial Licences

Copright laws and commercial licences apply equally to books as to eBooks. There are a range of difference licences applicable to eBooks depending on the Vendor. Printing, copying and general access are usually monitored by these eBook platforms.

For more information regarding copyright and commercial licenses for eBooks, see Using Third Party Content for UNE Units.

Printing/Copying

Ebook CentralThe typical print allowance for most titles is 40% of the book. When printing a chapter or range of pages, we deduct from this allowance.

The Ebook Library system manages these allowances. Remaining print/copy balances can be viewed for each ebook on the Details tab in the Online Reader. 

MyiLibrary: You may print chapters, sections or pages within the copyright restrictions of the title with an allowance up to 10% of a title to be printed.

ACLS Humanities EBooks: To print a page from this eBook platform, select the PDF viewing option. Ten (10) pages may be downloaded or printed at a time.

 

Downloading or Reading Online:

For Ebook Library and MyiLibrary and other eBook collections, read eBooks online if you are on-campus using shared PC facilities. Reading online does not require additional software, just a stable internet connection.

Downloading an eBook will provide offline access to the title however DRM software is usually required.  See Adobe Digitial Editions.

 

ACLS Humanities eBook User Manual

Click here to open the ACLS Humanities EBook User Manual.  For assistance in searching, navigating, printing, copying and general functions of the eBook platform.

 

Recording of eBook presentation

https://connect.une.edu.au/p67o5ikw8y6

Click on the link for a recording of a session run online by UNE Library staff on 22nd February, 2017. Duration is 20 minutes.

The session covered

  • why eBooks?
  • how to find them
  • technology
  • licencing and other considerations
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