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Copying and printing from an e-book

You can copy and print from e-books but the amount you can copy and print is restricted by publishers; different publishers and different platforms have different copy and print restrictions.

Most e-book platforms display your specific print and copy allowance for the title that you are using.

Please be aware that these limits are per user for the lifetime of the book.

Make sure that you comply with copyright law – generally one chapter per book or 10% of a given work is allowed.

Copying/printing on VLeBooks (Askews & Holts)

‌‌‌‌‌Copying/printing on VLeBooks (Askews & Holts)

Detailed instructions are available from the VLeBooks online reader help page (please note that you need to be logged in to VLeBooks with your University username and password in order to see this page, click the help button on the top bar).

On the front page of the ebook you will see the print and copy allowance.

print copy allowance

After clicking the ‘Read online’ option, the copy and print icons can be located on the top bar of the reader:

                     Copying Printing VLe Copy Print

When you click on either of these options, you will be given details as to how much you can print/copy from this book and how many pages you have already printed/copied.

               Copying Printing VLe Print

Copying/printing on JSTOR e-books

Copying/printing on JSTOR

Please don’t use the ‘Print’ button on your browser.

Instead, select the chapter you want to print and click the 'Download PDF' button‌‌

Click on the box to accept JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions

JSTOR Acept terms and conditions

Open the article in your PDF reader and print from the PDF file
Although there are no printing/copying restrictions imposed by JSTOR, please be aware that such usage is still subject to the usual copyright restrictions

Copying/printing on EBSCOhost

Copying/printing on EBSCOhost

Detailed instructions are available from the EBSCOhost guide
From the detailed record screen, choose whether to view the full text in PDF or EPUB format 
You have the option to print, save or email pages. In each case the text will be converted to PDF format.

To print pages, click on the print pages icon: ‌   EBSCOhost Print Pages                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The print screen provides information as to:

  • your print allowance (and how much remains)  
  • the number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
               EBSCOhost Print Pages as PDF
The number of pages you can print may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
You can print individual pages, or page ranges, within the stated allowance. When you click ‘Print PDF’ the pages will be converted to a PDF file that can be printed.
Similar workflows apply to the ‘save pages’ and ‘email pages’ options:
EBSCOhost Save Pages
E-book pages saved as a PDF can be transferred to, and read on eReader devices such as the Nook or Kindle. 

Copying and printing on Kortext

Detailed instructions are available on the Kortext accessibility page.

The amount you are able to print, copy or paste will vary between publishers.

To print from an eTextbook, select the printer icon from the navigation menu on the left-hand side. This will tell you how many pages you have printed and how many you are allowed to print per title.

Kortext screenshot

To copy from an eTextbook, highlight the text you require and select ‘Copy text’ to copy to your clipboard.

Kortext screenshot 2

Copying and printing on ProQuest Ebook Central

Copying and printing on ProQuest Ebook Central

Detailed instructions are available from the ProQuest Ebook Central Libguide.

The title screen provides information as to: your copy allowance (and how much remains).
your print/chapter download allowance (and how much remains).

Available for online reading

As a general rule, the print/chapter download limit is 40% and the copy limit is 20%.
If you download a chapter, the corresponding number of pages will automatically be deducted from your print allocation.

The copy and print icons are located at the top of the page  Printer icon

Copy or print is only available if you choose ‘Read online’; this functionality is not available if you download the text 
When printing, you will be asked to choose your page range and your preferred citation style.

Print to PDF
 On clicking ‘Continue’ your selected pages will be converted into a PDF document.

Print to PDF 2

The document can then be saved and printed.