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E-books: Collections & Access: Downloading, platforms, and specifications

Downloading & printing

Users with iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, etc) and Android devices (Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, ASUS Transformer) who want to read E-books offline should follow these steps:

  1. Download the Bluefire Reader app
  2. Start the app
  3. In the app, sign up for (or sign in with) your Adobe Digital Editions account

Windows 8 RT and Kindle devices cannot install Adobe Digital Editions and the Bluefire Reader and thus cannot download E-books that require that software (EBL, Ebrary, EBSCO, etc.).

Note: "Downloading" in the chart below refers to downloading an E-book to read off line. All E-books below can be read while online through the mobile web interface.

Platforms & specifications

This matrix is intended for librarians helping UW patrons with e-book access questions and concerns. Where possible, the Platform column links to the user guide.

Platform Users Concurrent users Downloads Offline reading Usage limits Returns Printing e-reader software Course reserves
ClinicalKey All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required Requires individual user account registration None Yes
EBSCOhost All users
(walk-ins OK)
Sometimes Usually allowed Whole book download/offline reading requires Adobe Digital Editions*; single chapter downloads do not

Checkout / download limits apply; but if session is closed & reopened, the single chapter download limit count resets

Not required 100 pages maximum; varies by publisher Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here) No, but Canvas link OK
JSTOR All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer only Yes
Project Muse All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer only Yes

ProQuest Ebook Central

(combined former EBL/ebrary platform)

All users (walk-ins OK for online reading only) Sometimes

Usually

allowed

Whole book download/offline reading requires Adobe Digital Editions*; single chapter downloads do not Checkout / download limits apply; but after 24 hours, the single chapter download limit count resets Not required Restricted to 20-40% of each book during a 24 hour period, then count resets Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here) No, but Canvas link OK
Springer All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions SpringerLink app for iOS, Android  Yes
Taylor & Francis All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer No, but Canvas link OK
Wiley All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed No additional software required None Not required No restrictions Web browser & PDF viewer Yes