The library provides e-books on a wide variety of different platforms and from a wide variety of suppliers. Although each e-book platform will look slightly different, the functionality on offer is largely the same.
The following pages will take you through some of the basic functionality, e.g. copying/printing, downloading etc available on some of our most well-used e-book platforms: specific download information is available for PC, iOS and Android devices.
For more detailed advice on highlighting, annotating, sharing notes, etc. please refer to the help pages of the specific e-book platform:
- Proquest Ebook Central Libguide
- VLebooks online reader help and user guide
- DawsonEra help pages
- JSTOR e-books help pages
- EBSCOhost help pages
For detailed advice as to functionality on the other e-book platforms that the library provides access to, please see the online help pages of these e-book platforms.
This guide provides information as to some of the advantages and some of the issues associated with e-book usage. The guide outlines some of the restrictions that are related to e-book usage, due to the institution-wide e-book licences that the Library has to buy. These licences vary from supplier to supplier and restrict how many users can read an e-book at any one time, the number of times a book can be used each year, what proportion of the text can be printed/saved, the period of time that users can access content that they download etc.
You can read e-books on any mobile device that has WiFi. However, the reading experience on mobile devices varies from platform to platform
Please remember that you can also get help from the Library by contacting the Electronic Resources Helpdesk or +44 (0)161 275 7388.
Software required when using e-books
To read e-books online you just need a web-browser. However, to download e-books, specific software is required.
If you are using a computer in one of the computer clusters, please do not download e-books. You should download your e-book to your own computer/device.
Please ensure to have the latest version of the required software.
The most common software required is:
Please note that ADE, Bluefire Reader, VLeBooks app, EBSCO eBooks app etc. are not available on student desktops. This software should be downloaded to your device, as instructed by the e-book suppliers. We therefore advise that you download any e-books to your own device.
The e-platform provider will provide links to download this software, which is freely available. You will need an Adobe ID to activate Adobe Digital Editions and to authorise Bluefire Reader on your device. Again, this is freely available and the e-platform provider will prompt you to enter your ID/register for ID when you first download an item using this software.
Other common software required
You can use either this app or the Bluefire Reader to download from the VLe platform.
EBSCO eBooks app
If you install the EBSCO eBooks app, you will need an Adobe ID to authorise the VLeBooks app on your device.
Minimum browser requirements
Minimum browser requirements for e-book platforms
ProQuest Ebook Central
- Internet Explorer 9 and later versions
- Latest Firefox release and previous major version
- Latest Google Chrome release and previous major version
- Safari 5 and later versions
Website is compatible with all currently supported browser versions from Microsoft, Google, Apple and Firefox on supported versions of Windows, OSX, iOS and Android.
For older and less popular browsers functionality degrades gracefully, so whereas we may support drag and drop in the latest version of a browser this may degrade into another simpler way to achieve the same outcome in an older browser.
JSTOR works best with Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Although Internet Explorer is supported, 'Microsoft won't be creating any new versions of Internet Explorer so the quality of your experience will only get worse’.
More information about which browser to use for JSTOR and how to identify/update browsers is available here
Internet Explorer versions 9.0 and older are not compatible with the technology used to support vertical scroll.
To be able to vertically scroll EBSCOhost e-books we recommend these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or IE 10.0 or later. For users with Internet Explorer versions 9.0 or older, please see the Adobe Acrobat Reader Browser Requirements and settings for all supported browsers, available here.
For general browser requirements for the EBSCO host interface, click here.
Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and older are not compatible with e-books in EPUB format.
To view an EPUB format eBook, EBSCO recommended these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 10 or later.
Clearing your cookies and cache
Clearing your cookies and cache
If you are experiencing problems on an e-book platform we advise that you clear your cookies / cache.
How to clear your cookies and cache depends on the Browser you use.
Please refer to the help pages of the specific Browser:
Individual sites, such as JSTOR, also offer guidance as to clearing cookies.