Like many different apps and websites, there's a lot of things you can do on the eBook Central platform which are extra to the basic reason you want to use it for in the first place, and the other pages in this section will go into more detail on the different features of the platform This page looks at the basics of accessing, reading and downloading ebooks on eBook Central.
Accessing ProQuest eBook Central
These books are not available on the public Internet. You need a username and password to login to ProQuest eBook Central. You can request a login by clicking the Request Account button on the eBook Central login page
You need to enter your:
- First name
- Last name
- Email address
Your email address will be your username. You must use your institutional (college, training centre or ETB) email. If you don't, your request will be rejected.
Once your request has been approved, you will receive an email stating your account has been created.
Finding an eBook
You can search or browse for eBooks - you will only see books that are available to read.
You can only search for books owned by the digital library.
There is a search box at the top of the eBook Central home page.
Enter your search term and click the Search button.
On the results page, click the title to see a book detail page.
Click the button to download the ebook to your device
Click the button to read the ebook online
Below the search box, there is a Browse Subjects link. Click this to see a list of ebook subjects
Click a subject to see a list of titles. This will be the same format as the search results page
Book Detail Page
Every book has a detail page that contains:
- Information about the book - title, author, subject etc
- Information about print and copy allowances
- Information about downloading allowances
- Links to read online and download
Reading online is easier than downloading to your device and you can do more things reading online. On the other hand, if you download the book, you don't need to be online to read the book after you have opened it for the first time.
On a search results page click the to read online
On a book detail page, click either or to read the ebook online.
You can navigate between pages by using:
To go a particular page (enter a page number)
Go to the previous page
Go to the next page
You can also use your keyboard page up and down buttons, or mouse scroller to move between pages too. On a tablet or phone, you can do this by swiping up or down.
To be able to read a downloaded ebook on your device, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed. This is a tutorial showing you how to download and install Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe Digital Editions is a bit like Adobe Reader, if you've used that to open PDF files, you'll know what to expect.
These ebooks have DRM (Digital Rights Management) controls (Simple English Wikipedia definition), so the ebook will "expire" after a certain amount of time and you won't be able to read it after that. If the book has expired and you're not finished reading it, then download it again (and again and again...)
Click the button on a search results page to download the ebook. When you click that button, you'll be asked:
- Are you using your own or a public device?
- If you need to install Adobe Digital Editions
- How long you want to have access to the book? If the digital library has a UA licence, then options are 1, 7, 14 or 21 days. If the digital library holds a 1U licence for the book, then you can only download the book for 1 day.
Once you have answered these questions, you will see a download screen where you will be prompted to save or open the ebook.
Open the book Instead of saving it, as you need to be online to open a book for the first time (it's a DRM thing). In addition to downloading the whole book, you can download individual chapters, but note that these are subject to the same limitations as printing and copying. The table of contents on the book detail page has links to download individual chapters
Downloaded chapters can be opened in Adobe Reader or any other app than can open PDF files
Printing and Copying
All these different ebook come from different publishers. Each of these publishers have different rules about how much of the book can be printed or text copied. The book detail page will have information about how pages can be printed or copied.
In the online reader:
Click the print button to print a pdf file. Yes, this is a bit odd - you have to print to a pdf file and then print to paper from the pdf that you have just created.
Click the copy button to copy text You cannot use CTR C or right click on the mouse to copy text in the online reader
You can print from books that you have downloaded, subject to the specified print allowance for the book.
You can use CTRL C or right click on the mouse to copy text one page at a time in Adobe Digital Editions
Note: The printing copying and chapter download allowance is per user per 24 hours. If you are allowed to print 77 pages, then that's 77 pages per 24 hours; you can do that today and print another 77 pages tomorrow - after 24 hours have passed.