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eBooks & eReaders at Wellesley: FAQ

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e-books FAQ


Can I read journal articles on my e-reading device?

Most journal articles are available as PDF files. PDF files can be viewed on most reading devices, although the format can be difficult to use on small handheld devices.

You might consider using a PDF reading app on your device to improve the reading experience and add the ability to highlight and take notes. A recommended PDF reader is Foxit Reader.

I don't want to download the book, I just want to print from it. Can I do that?

Depending on how much of the book you wish to print, yes.

Ebrary books will allow you to print up to 60 pages at a time. If you wish to print, click on the InfoTools button when viewing the e-book. Then click Print. You can print the current chapter you are viewing, or a page range. (Note: the pages do NOT correspond with the page numbers as displayed on the pages of the e-book, but with the total number of pages in the ebook document, which includes the cover and any unnumbered pages.

To input the correct page range, check the "correct" page numbers of the pages you wish to print in the page counter at the top right of the browser window, as seen here:

Page  (23 of 400)

In this case, if you wish to print page 1 [the page number as it appears within the book], you must tell the printer to print page 23 of the document.

EBook Library will allow you to print up to 20% of the ebook. To print, click on the Read Online button to view the ebook, then click on the Print button in the blue menu bar across the top of the screen. Select the chapters or page ranges you wish to print and click the appropriate Print button for the option you have chosen.

Can I view Wellesley College Library e-books on my Kindle / Kindle Fire?

It depends on the e-book, but in most cases, no. See our Kindle page for more details.


Why can't I download this ebrary book?

Did you see this error message when trying to download from ebrary?:

“This title is not available in Adobe Digital Editions format, but individual chapters and page ranges are available with ‘create an image PDF’.”

If so, this is a book for which ebrary does not have the right to allow downloads. Instead of downloading the entire book you can download chapters of this book. Select the chapters you want to download individually using ebrary’s download function.

If you're having a problem other than “title is not available” as described above, check this guide to downloading ebooks from ebrary. If you're still having trouble use the Ask a Librarian chat box to the left to get help, or send us information about the problem through this form.

Can I download SpringerLink e-books?

Springer ebook titles that appear in the Wellesley library catalog are available as PDF files of chapters. You can download, save and share as many PDF chapters of these titles as you need. To save the file to your device: open the chapter on the Springerlink site, click on  springer download.gif and save the file.