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This guide provides information about our eBooks and answers to commonly asked questions.  

The advantages of using eBooks are that

  • They are available to you 24/7
  • They can be accessed from home as well as on Campus
  • You can add notes and save titles to virtual bookshelves to use at a later stage
  • You can search within the book easily

Using eBooks

University of Suffolk staff and students have access to the Learning Services growing collection of eBooks (electronic books). You can find and access eBooks through Discovery.

All the eBooks we offer can be read on any computer connected to the internet as well as IPad and Android Devices over WiFi

You are often able to print or copy pages from an eBook, but the number of pages you will be able to print or copy will be limited by the publisher using DRM (Digital Rights Management). Once these limits are reached, the publisher will not allow you to print or copy any further text.

eBooks can not be downloaded to eBook readers

What Software do I Need?

eBooks are compatible with all operating systems and popular web browsers; we do advise that you install the most recent OS and browser versions on your machine. Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Digital Editions software is required to print/copy/download eBooks; this is available on all University network PCs.

If you are using your own PC, you can download the software for free from here 

For downloading to IOS and Android phones and devices you will need to download  Bluefire Reader from here

     Screenshot of the "Get it on Google Play" button.              Screenshot of the "Download on the App Store" button.

Can I Print/Copy from eBooks?

Copyright restrictions - eBooks are subject to the same restrictions as print books, individuals are permitted to print up to one chapter or 5% from an eBook.

Publisher restrictions - eBooks are subject to DRM (Digital Rights Management) controls.  DRM technology allows publishers to control and manage the usage of their eBooks, for example they can restrict the number of concurrent users and limit the number of pages a user can copy, print or download.  As we purchase our eBooks from a variety of sources, DRM will vary between each provider.  Any restrictions to DRM are imposed by the eBook provider and not the Library.  Once these restrictions have been met, the publisher will prevent you from printing or copying any further text

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