The Otago Polytechnic has a growing collection of e-books, and all of them can be searched through the Library Search | Ketu. Copyright laws are important to be aware of, but downloading or printing a chapter from an e-book is often useful in your studies.
Library e-books vs standard e-books
Like books on the library shelves, you can 'borrow' an e-book for a specific length of time. Although listed on the Library Search | Ketu, e-books purchased by the University of Otago are not accessible to Otago Polytechnic students and staff (and vice versa).
Reading Library e-books
Most e-books can be read online or downloaded (as a pdf) to your computer, e-reader or other mobile device for 3-7 days. However, there are some exceptions (refer to the section on user licences). A list of devices that support the software required to download Library e-books is provided below.
If you are studying off-campus (i.e. are not connected to Otago Polytechnic network), you may be asked to login to the OP ezyproxy with your student or staff username and password.
The majority of Library e-books have a multiple user licence and can be used by many people at the same time. That said there are a few that are only available with a 3-user licence or single user licence.
To check the type of user licence for an e-book, search for the book in Library Search | Ketu, click on the details tab and check the notes field (if there is one). If an e-book has a restricted user licence (a 3-user or single user licence) it will say so in this notes field. If there is no notes field or anything about user licences, the e-book will allow multiple users.
- E-books with a single-user licence cannot be downloaded in their entirety as a pdf. However, they can be read online for as long as necessary and you can still save or print individual chapters (within the parameters set by the e-book providers).
Software Requirements for Library e-books:
Reading an e-book online requires no additional software.
To download a library e-book to a desktop or laptop you require Adobe Digital Editions (free to download).
To download a library e-book to an e-reader, iPad, tablet or other mobile device you require Adobe Blue Fire Reader (free to download).
Downloading, saving or printing chapters from an e-book requires no additional software, but we recommend that you don't use the Firefox browser when printing pages - IE, Google Chrome or Safari work fine though.
E-readers and mobile devices that support Library e-books:
ebrary: how to save or download a chapter?
The e-book front page indicates how may pages you’re able to print out or copy.
Select the Read Online option and wait for the book to load.
Select the chapter from the table of contents and wait for it to load.
Click on either the download or print icons (located on the top toolbar)
Choose from the print options provided and click Continue. (Here we’re choosing the current chapter option, but you can also enter a specific page range).
Ebrary will convert the chapter (or the selection of pages) into a pdf. Open the pdf to see the print and save options.
Here’s the book chapter as a pdf and the options to save or print. The location of the print / save toolbar will depend on the web browser you’re using.
EBL: how to save or download a chapter?
This is the e-book front page - choose the Read Online option and wait for the e-book to load.
Click on print on the top tool bar.
Choose from the print options available and click on Print Selected Pages (here we’ve selected all parts of chapt 1).
The chapter or selection of pages will now load as a pdf with options to print or save. (The print and save options will be in different places depending on the web browser you’re using.)