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eBooks: FAQ: Ebooks

FAQ: Searching and Accessing Ebooks

How do I access and use Ebooks? 

The easiest way to find eBooks is by searching our catalog at ikedalibrary.soka.edu. Simply enter your search keywords (title, author, subject, etc.) and then filtering the results by Material Type (located on the lefthand side of your screen) by checking the "eBook" filter.

The eBooks will be available to read online in any of our databases online reader windows. However, in order to download them to read offline on your device, you will need to download the free Adobe Digital Editions program. For step-by-step instructions on how to download the program and how to start reading right away on your device, please click here to follow the eBook Download Instructions. 

For more information on Ebooks in our collection or troubleshooting information, please refer to our Ebooks Guide.

I have scanned and printed pages from print books at the library before. Can I print pages from an Ebook?

Yes. Just like printing only the pages you need at the library for research or coursework, printing pages from an Ebook that we license at the library falls under educational Fair Use of copyrighted material. When you open an Ebook from the library catalog and are taken to the online reader on the host site, you will see an option to print pages. Simply follow the prompts to select specific pages or chapters to print or save as a PDF to your device. The host site will let you know when you have reached the maximum amount of pages allowed to you under Copyright.

What is to prevent anyone from sending this PDF file to someone else?

The publishers are trusting that the library patrons are adhering to their terms of uses and following the copyright law. This not only applies to the ebook chapters, but journal articles which are also downloadable in PDF files. Many publishers put a copyright restriction or watermark in their PDF files.

In general, sharing these resources with colleagues, students, and peers within our campus community via email or Brightspace is fine. The library is licensing, paying extra, for unlimited uses of our online resources for the SUA-authorized users. Uploading files to a site that’s accessible to anyone outside of the SUA community would be problematic as this falls outside of Ikeda Library and its patrons' terms of use.

For more information on Ebooks in our collections or troubleshooting access, please refer to our Ebooks Guide.