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e-books 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.

‚ÄčEbook Central will typically allow you to print up to 40% of the ebook and is reset after 24 hours. To print, click on the Read Online button to view the ebook, then click on the Print button in the menu bar across the top of the screen. If not already signed in, you will be prompted to sign in with your last name and library number. 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. Kindle e-book readers are not compatible with e-books that use Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM), or with Adobe Digital Editions. This means that most e-books available through the Wellesley College Libraries (including Ebook Central) are not viewable on your Kindle. DRM-free PDFs can be viewed on your Kindle.


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.