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How to use eTextbooks

Learn how to copy, print, access and download eTextbooks.

How to read eTextbooks

The Library provides eTextbooks through the Kortext Online Reader. Titles that are available for you to read will be visible on your Kortext bookshelf.

For more information on how to use the Kortext Online Reader, please refer to the Kortext support page.

The pages will take you through some of the basic functionality of using the Kortext platform.

For more detailed advice on highlighting, annotating, sharing notes, etc. please refer to the Kortext support page

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

Download instructions for Kortext

General instructions

To download Kortext eTextbooks to a device, you will need to download the Kortext Reader App. Detailed instructions are available at Kortext Support. The app allows users to read downloaded titles offline, but downloads will reset if users logout of the app.

Instructions for PC and laptop

To download a PDF or ePub from the Kortext Reader, select the download icon, which is located beneath the cover image of each book on your bookshelf.

Download icon

Detailed instructions are available on the Kortext support webpage:

Instructions for iPad and iPhone

To download a PDF or ePub from the Kortext Reader, select the download icon, which is located beneath the cover image of each book on your bookshelf.

Download icon

Detailed instructions are available on the Kortext support webpage:

Instructions for Mac

Sign into your account by clicking on ‘Kortext Reader’ in the top, left-hand corner and choose ‘Sign In’. You can also click on the profile icon in the top, right-hand corner.

Kortext Reader dropdown menu with sign in selected

You will then need to enter your Kortext username and password:

Kortext sign-in panel

Click on the book you wish to download:

Kortext book example

The book will then download:

Kortext book download progress.

Instructions for Android devices

To download a PDF or ePub from the Kortext Reader, select the download icon, which is located beneath the cover image of each book on your bookshelf.

Download icon

Detailed instructions are available on the Kortext support webpage:

Download limits

Detailed instructions are available on the Kortext support webpage:

Download limited depend on the publisher but are generally limited to a maximum of 5 different devices that a title can be downloaded to. For example, if a publisher has a limit of 5 devices, users could read the title in the web reader, and additionally download it to the app on 5 different devices.

Accessibility

Full details as to accessibility functionality, accessibility policy and support are available on the Kortext website: