Like many different apps and websites, there's a lot of things you can do on the FE Subscription Collection 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 the ebook FE Subscription Collection
Accessing FE Subscription Collection
These books are not available on the public Internet. You need a password to login to FE Subscription Collection. You can request a login by contacting the library with an institutional email (college/ETB/training centre). We cannot accept requests made from a webmail (Gmail, Yahoo etc).
If you have the password, click on the link in the Access page and enter your password. On the page that opens, click the Access EBSCO eBooks for FE Subscription Collection link
Finding an eBook
You can search or browse for eBooks.
You can browse ebook categories on the home page. Click a subject to see a list of titles. This will be in the same format as the search results page
There's both basic and advanced searching available. Basic searching is a Google-like search box. After searching
Enter your search term(s) and click the Search button.
On the results page, click the title to see a book detail page, or if you have too many results, use the options in the left-hand column to limit your results
The advanced search option lets you search in specific fields and use Boolean operators to connect them.
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 title or the PDF/ePUB link below the book details to read online
On a book detail page, click the PDF/ePUB link in the left-hand column to read the ebook online.
You can navigate between pages by using:
- the mouse scroll button
- clicking on the up/down arrows on the right of the page
- clicking on the forward/backwards arrows at the bottom of the page
- entering a page number in the box between the forward/backward arrows
- On a tablet or phone, swiping up or down.
When you access the FE Subscription Collection, in your browser address bar you will see something like this
You can't bookmark or save any URL like this because the web address is different every time you login to FE Subscription Collection. To save the web address of search results or a particular book, you need a permalink.
On the book detail page look for the Permalink link on the right of the page. On the online reader, it's in the menu bar above the text. On a search results page, click Share to see the permalink link
To be able to read a downloaded ebook on your device,
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...). You can download a book for up to 7 days.
Click the full download link to get the whole ebook for download. 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 ebooks 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 PDF/ePUB full-text, click the to select what you want to print.
To copy text, highlight a portion of eBook text and use your browsers copy function (Ctrl + C) to copy the text.
A MyEBSCO account is required to be able to download books. It also lets you save searches and search results.