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Ebooks

Ebooks on demand is back

In addition to the huge volume of ebooks we already own, we have recently imported 89,000 ebook records into Library Search.

Once you choose these items on Library Search, you can access the content immediately and ensure that your views determine the purchases we make.

How does it work?

Simply search for books on Library Search and gain immediate access to these titles.

What subjects are available?

We have teamed up with a number of ebook suppliers to ensure that we provide content for readers across all disciplines at the University, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

How long will the offer last?

The scheme will run all year round although the number of ebooks on offer will vary. 

Will the Library buy all the books that I access?

The Library pays to provide our customers with immediate access to all the books available under this scheme.

Purchase decisions are based on triggers that vary from supplier to supplier. 

What books did the Library buy via the Ebooks on Demand scheme in 2015?

We purchased 963 new books through our ebooks on demand scheme and provided short term loans for a further 2,569 titles. For a breakdown of these titles, by Faculty and School, please see  Ebooks purchased 2015-16

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I am asked to complete a survey?

You will be asked to complete a short survey form the first time you read a book on the ProQuest Ebook Central reader.

This enables us to identify your user type, your faculty and your subject/discipline, which will help inform future Library purchases.

You will only be asked to complete the form once per academic year (so that we can record changes to user types).

Survey form for ebooks on demand

What do I do if I am asked to 'select a loan length to continue'?

If you are reading a ProQuest Ebook Central ebook that the Library does not own, you will see the following message after 5 minutes:

please select loan length prompt box

If you don't click 'check out ebook' the Library won't buy the book. If you wish, you can secure preview access to the same book again after 24 hours.

If you do click 'check out ebook' you can carry on reading and the Library will accept your recommendation to purchase the book. Print and download functionality will be enabled at this point.

The length of the initial loan is 24 hours. To continue accessing your ebook after this period, simply create another loan.

After the Library has paid for one short-term loan, we will purchase the item permanently. More generous download options will be enabled at this point.

What do I need to do to download a ProQuest Ebook Central ebook title?

If you are working on a PC in the library (or elsewhere on campus) that is shared by others you should always choose to read ebooks online.

Ebooks downloaded to personal computers are read via Adobe Digital Editions. Please ensure you have this free software installed before downloading.

Customers using iPads, iPhones or Android devices can download and read EBL content via the free Bluefire Reader app.

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