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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.

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 Requires Adobe Digital Editions*

Checkout/

download limits apply

Not required Restricted to 60 pages 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) Sometimes

Usually

allowed

Requires Adobe Digital Editions* Checkout / download limits apply 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 Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here)  No, but Canvas link OK
Wiley All users
(walk-ins OK)
Yes Allowed Requires Adobe Digital Editions* None Not required No restrictions Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire (More Kindle Fire info here) Yes