The Otago Polytechnic has a growing collection of e-books, and all of them can be searched through the Library Search | Ketu. Like books on the library shelves, you can 'borrow' an e-book for a specific length of time. The Library e-books can be accessed from your computer, tablet or phone and you are also able to print, download or copy a proportion of their content.
Using 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 up to 3-7 days. However, there are some exceptions (refer to the section on user licences).
Like the e-journals and databases, you will be prompted to log in to the Otago Polytechnic Ezyproxy with your student or staff username and password.
- The majority of Library e-books can be used by many people at the same time (they have a multi-user licence). If an e-book has a restricted user licence (e.g. a 3-user or single-user licence), it will say so in Library Search | Ketu. Click on the details option for the book and go to the note field to find this (as shown in the screenshot below).
If you are unable to open a Library ebook, please contact the Robertson Libraryor Report an issue using the link in Library Search | Ketu.
- 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 or printing chapters from an e-book requires no additional software.
- If you are printing from an e-book, we recommend that you access the e-book in a web browser that isn’t Firefox (e.g. Chrome, Safari or IE).
E-readers and mobile devices that support Library e-books:
Print or download a chapter from an e-book
You can print, scan and copy a proportion of the content in Library e-books but not the whole thing. Each e-book will indicate how many pages you are able to print, save or copy (refer to the screenshot below). This designated limit will reset to zero after 24 hours in case you need to print, copy or save more content.
Once you have opened the e-book, choose the Read Online option.
Use the Table of Contents to find the appropriate chapter and then click on either the Download a Chapter icon or the Print icon in the e-book toolbar.
When you select the option to download or print, you can choose whether to print a single page, a range of pages or the entire chapter.
We recommend that you enter the page range you require, even if it is a whole chapter. (The current chapter option is not always accurate and you can end up printing much more than intended).
Once you have chosen how much you want to print or download and clicked Continue, a pdf of the selected pages will load.
You can choose to print this pdf or save it to your computer or device.