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E-Books Tips and Hints

A guide to using E-Book and Online book resources provided by the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

User Limits

Some E-Book platforms limit the number of people who can view a E-Book at the same time. This often varies from one title to another. If you attempt to view an E-Book, you may see a message saying that it is in use and asking you to try again later. You are most likely to run nto that at ebrary , e-Books on EBSCOhost , and STAT!Ref.

Creating a User Account

A number of E-Book platforms provide extra features if you create a free user account.  Some features are as simple as the ability to highlight and add notes to a text.  Other times, it is required for printing, downloading or access to material from a mobile app.

Downloading E-Books

All of our E-Book platforms will allow you to view titles online. Additionally, some will let you download the title in one format or another.

PDFs: Several E-Book platforms allow you to download a PDF free of any restrictions. These include SpringerLink ScienceDirect and Wiley Online Library. These can then be read offline or transferred to mobile devices

Adobe Digital Editions: Two providers, allow you to download E-Books to Adobe Digital Editions. E-Books can then be transferred to compatible E-Readers, where they will show up on your bookshelf. Adobe Digital Editions is available for with a free license at You can see a list of supported E-Readers, including the Nook and Sony readers as well as selected iPad and Android apps, here:

Plain Text: Some providers, including Books@Ovid, allow you to export E-Books as plain text.

Apps for iPad: The Thieme E-Book Library books can be downloaded to your iPad with the free iPublish Central Reader app available in the iTunes store. 

Printing Limits

The usual method of printing for E-Books is to be able to print from one section or PDF at a time. Federal copyright law allows for duplication or incorporation of content only under the conditions of Fair Use. Any other use requires the explicit permission of the publisher.

Some E-Book platforms limit the number of pages that can be printed. This often varies from one title to another.  For thi following platforms an attempt to print more than the allowed pages of an E-Book will display a message saying that only 60 pages or a certain percentage of the text may be printed.

See the E-Book Collections Quick Reference page if you have questions about a particular E-Book platform.