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How do I find e-books in Landman Library?
To access an e-book, you must first locate it in the library catalog.
When you search the Library Catalog, often e-books will be amongst the top results. You can tell they are e-books because they say [electronic resource] after the title and have a location of INTERNET.
If you would like to limit your search to only e-books, look for the small link that says “Advanced” next to the search box on the library homepage.
You will get to a screen with several search boxes, followed by a series of icons and words indicating different item types in the library. Check the box next to “e-book” to limit your search to e-books. Then type your search terms in the search box.
When you have found the e-book that you want to read, look for a link that says “Click here for full text” or “Click here to view e-book.”
I’m having trouble downloading an e-book to my computer. Can you help?
Many of our e-books require software called Adobe Digital Editions if you wish to download. You can download this software for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.
If the computer tells you that you do not have permission to install software, please contact the IT Helpdesk.
Please note that downloads are usually only good for one day, meaning you will not be able to open the file again after 24 hours have passed. You can download the book again or read it online.
It is asking me to create a loan. Should I say yes? Will I be charged?
Say yes. You are allowed to preview a book for 5 minutes before creating a loan. After 5 minutes you must say yes in order to continue viewing. You will not be charged.
How long does the loan last?
A loan lasts 24 hours. This means you can access the book from any computer for the next 24 hours without being asked again if you want to create a loan. This does not mean you are limited to only using the book for 24 hours. If you want to use it again after 24 hours have passed, you can always go in and create a new loan.
Can I read an e-book on my Kindle?
As of August 2011, no. Right now there is only one company that sells e-books for library lending to e-book readers. We do not work with this company because they do not sell academic books, which is the majority of what we buy. The e-book market is changing quickly, though, and we will try to keep up with changes.
Can I read an e-book on my iPad?
Yes. You will need software called Bluefire. Download Bluefire for free from the iPhone App Store and then create an Adobe ID. The first time you use Bluefire you will be prompted to sign in with your Adobe ID.
Bluefire can read both PDF and ePub files. When you download a book, you may be asked if you want to use Adobe Acrobat or Bluefire. Bluefire is designed for the iPad and iPhone, and Adobe Acrobat is not.
Can I print out the e-book?
Yes, but. Most of our books allow you to print only 20% of the book. This is to prevent you making an entire duplicate copy of the book. Some will allow you to print more.
What if I want the library to buy an e-book?
Contact your liaison librarian . We will check to see if one of the vendors we currently use offers the book. We don’t want to work with too many vendors, since there is a fee for each vendor. The major ones we use are EBSCO E-Books (formerly NetLibrary) and E-Book Library (or EBL). We also have some smaller e-book collections.
Can I put a chapter on reserve?
Yes. The library does not maintain electronic reserves on our website, but you can put a link to the chapter in your Blackboard course. Please contact your liaison librarian, who can help you find the correct link.