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Electronic books (ebooks)

The university has purchased thousands of electronic books (ebooks) and the number is constantly rising. The collection consists of textbooks, recommended reading and reference material such as how-to books, dictionaries and handbooks.

You can find an ebook in a number of ways:

Ebook collections

Biz/ed Premier Business
Business Source Premier Business
Credo Reference Reference
Dawsonera General
Ebsco ebook collection General        
IEEE Xplore Morgan & Claypool Synthesis eBooksComputing
Ovid ebooks (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)Nursing
Oxford Reference Online Reference
SAGE research methodsResearch
VLebooks (Askews and Holts) General

You will need to use your university username and password to access ebooks away from campus.

There are also freely available open access ebook collections at OAPEN, DOAB and Project Gutenberg.

Reading online and downloading Ebooks

We have bought most of our ebooks from Dawsonera and VLebooks

We recommend that you select the read online option to access an ebook. This is more straightforward than downloading the book as you will still have full access to all of the book content, but will be able to print a chapter or section of the book (subject to copyright law). The option to print is not available if you choose the download option.

However, if you are aware that you are likely to have no internet access for a while it may be worth choosing the download option. You can download an ebook for up to three days.

If you download e-books from our library to read offline, you will need the correct software to read them on your laptop or smartphone. As from the start of August 2017, our e-books for download are now largely in ACSM format, which cannot be read by Adobe Acrobat. (This does not affect viewing e-books online).

You can use the following free readers to read downloaded ACSM format e-books:
Windows/Mac users can download Adobe Digital Editions (http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/digital-editions/download.html)
For smartphones, there are several options. VLE Books provide details of VLEBooks eBook reader for iOS (https://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/Help/iOSHelp) and Android (https://www.vlebooks.com/vleweb/Help/AndroidHelp)
The Bluefire Reader (http://www.bluefirereader.com/bluefire-reader.html) is also available for iOS, Android and Windows.

If the ebook is in PDF formate you can use Adobe Reader.

If you are still having problems, please contact library.technical@beds.ac.uk.

Single user e-books

A small number of ebooks can only be viewed by one user at a time, due to licensing restrictions laid down by the publisher. To try to offset this difficulty, we have purchased several copies of these titles, which means that more users should be able to access the books simultaneously.

If you have trouble accessing an ebook and the problem is not related to your password, please look at the guidelines above, depending upon the device which you are using. You could also try using a different web browser, or clearing your search history/cache. If you are receiving error messages when trying to access the ebooks, please send an email to library.technical@beds.ac.uk. It would be helpful if you could include a screenshot of the error message which you are getting on screen.

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