If you have a Bodleian reader's card (with a gold strip across the top rather than a blue one), because you are not a current member of Oxford University, there are some limitations on what you can do with Oxford's ebooks.
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Ebooks from the Ebook Central, EBSCOhost, and Dawsonera platforms can be downloaded and used offline on a PC, tablet or e-reader for a limited period of time. The step-by-step guide below explains what you need to do to read these e-books on a tablet or e-reader
Due to DRM, you will need an Adobe ID in order to download e-books from Ebook Central and EBSCOhost e-books.
Use this account to authorize Adobe Digital Editions and/or Bluefire Reader.
To download, read on screen, and to transfer e-books to an e-reader you will need Adobe Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions is compatible with Windows PCs and Macs (system requirements).
To download and read e-books on a tablet you will need Bluefire Reader (freely available on the Android and Apple app stores).
All e-books found through SOLO can be read online via a browser. However some platforms also allow you download e-books to use offline, if you have an Oxford Single Sign On.
If you do not have an Oxford Single Sign On, you may still be able to download chapters or selected pages, and can still read these books online in the library. You won't be able to access Oxford's ebook subscriptions from outside the library.
Ebook Central and EBSCOhost allow you to download entire e-books to read offline for a limited time in either the EPUB or PDF file format. Once the loan expires you can download the e-book again.
|e-book platform||Loan length||Formats available|
|Ebook Central||1 day or 14 days (varies by individual title)||PDF, EPUB|
|EBSCOhost||1 day||PDF, EPUB|
These e-books use digital rights management (DRM) and you will need an Adobe ID account and either Adobe Digital Editions (software for PCs and Macs) or Bluefire Reader (app for tablets and smartphones).
For more information see the table below for the compatibility of the most common mobile e-readers.
If you just want a copy of a chapter as a PDF to keep, you don't need to download the entire e-book - simply use the tools provided on the platform to save or print a PDF.
On other platforms, like Oxford Scholarship Online and Cambridge Companions Online the entire e-book cannot be downloaded to use offline. However, most of these sites do allow you to save or print a single chapter as a PDF.
For more information on copying text, saving chapters, printing, and downloading ebooks, choose from the guides below.
|Device||Read entire e-book? (PDF/EPUB)||Required app/PC software||Adobe ID required?||Can read single saved chapters? (PDF)|
|Windows PC or Mac||Yes||Adobe Digital Editions||Yes||Yes|
|Android, iOS tablets, Kindle Fire||Yes||Bluefire Reader||Yes||Yes|
|NOOK Simple Touch||Yes||Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer e-book)||Yes||Yes|
|Sony e-Reader||Yes||Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer e-book)||Yes||Yes|
|Kobo||Yes||Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer e-book)||Yes||Yes|
*See below for more information about how to use Oxford e-Resources with a Kindle.
The Amazon Kindle does not offer the same functionality as other mobile e-Readers (see above table for more information). The guide below explains what you will be able to do with Oxford e-Resources and a Kindle e-Reader.
In general, Kindles can read PDF documents but not EPUBs. Amazon have their own ebook formats (.mobi or .azm) which are not compatible with other ereaders (Nooks, Kobos), but there are a range of Kindle apps for tablets, smartphones, and computers which enable you to read Amazon ebooks on them.
Ebook platforms which allow you to download a chapter or selected pages as a PDF mean you can read some portions of ebooks on a Kindle. Cambridge Core also offer a Send to Kindle option on chapters of their ebooks and articles of their ejournals.
To send a PDF to your Kindle, you need to go to https://www.amazon.co.uk and Manage your Content and Devices. Under Settings you will find an email address for your Kindle (usually something @kindle.com). Under that there is an Approved Personal Document E-mail List. You will need to add your own email address to this list, and '@cambridge.org' if you want to use Cambridge Core's Send to Kindle option. This prevents other email addresses spamming your Kindle or infecting it with viruses.
Now begin writing an email to your Kindle's email address from your own email address, which you have added. Attach the PDF you want to send, and leave the contents and subject blank. Make sure your Kindle is connected to WiFi (if you have 3G on your Kindle Amazon will charge you to deliver the document). Send the email and wait a few minutes. The PDF should arrive on your Kindle for you to read.
To use Cambridge Core's Send to Kindle option, click the button with a k at the top of a book chapter or journal article. Fill in the details of your Kindle's email address, make sure your Kindle is connected to WiFi, tick the terms and conditions box, and click Send. In a few minutes the PDF should arrive.
If you are emailing a PDF yourself, you can ask Amazon to try and convert it to a .azm ebook format. To do this, send the email as before, attaching the PDF, but write 'convert' as the email's subject line. This can have mixed results - Oxford University Press's ebook chapters can work very well, but others may not work at all. The advantage of converting is that you can resize and reflow the text more easily, as well as search, navigate and highlight texts better.
If you have the software Calibre on your computer, you can also use this to convert PDFs and unencrypted EPUBs to Amazon formats. However, Oxford's ebooks which allow full downloading cannot be converted in this way.