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Comparison of UIC E-book platforms for how much one can print, download, and view on a mobile device

Using Our E-book Collections

This guide features the UIC Library's subscription platforms for electronic books.  Users also have the option of exploring free sources such as those listed in the tabs above (Open Textbook Catalog, Project Gutenberg, HathiTrust Digital Library, eBooks @ Adelaide).

E-Book Availability

Because UIC gets e-books from so many sources, some limits apply:

* Some e-books are rented, not owned, and might be removed without notice by the vendor.

* Some e-books are limited to one reader at a time.

Most UIC Library E-books are available through ProQuest E-book Central

Ebook Central offers Single Sign On (SSO) -- users sign in just once using their existing credentials to both gain access to the Ebook Central site and to sign into their personal account.

Use Ebook Central to:

  • Quickly and easily find relevant ebooks and chapters;
  • Read online;
  • Search within the ebook;
  • Highlight, take notes and bookmark pages in your online copy, stored on your bookshelf for you.

You can also share your research with others, download ebooks and chapters to your laptop or mobile device, and more.

When you download pages or chapters, you get a PDF file that doesn't expire. You can search the text, and copy passages for use in your research, along with a citation in the format of your choice. The number of pages you can download shares the same allowance as what you can print to PDF.  In some cases of limited availability on a book, your institution may limit the full book download.

To download the entire book, you'll need Adobe Digital Editions on laptop/desktop, or Bluefire Reader on tablets and phones. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader and also if you wish to transfer an ebook to another device. Your library determines the download periods available to you, which may vary depending on the number of copies held by the library.

Users may use the Bluefire app to download E-book Central books to a mobile device for offline reading. The Bluefire app can be used on iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices.  To download the Bluefire app simply visit the App Store or Google Play

.Platform Capabilities
Name How much can you download? How many pages you print? Can you download to mobile device?

Access Anesthesiology

Access Medicine

Access Pediatrics

Access Pharmacy

Access Physiotherapy

Access Surgery

Create a personal account to utilize Custom Curriculum, save and download images Users may currently print one page at a time for the first 25% of the book.

Mobile-optimized versions are currently available for the following sites:

Devices which support the mobile optimized version of the site include the iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Android devices.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection Ten pages may be downloaded at a time.

Ten pages may be printed at a time.

HEB also offers a subset of titles from its collection for purchase separately as print-on-demand editions.

HEB currently offers a subset of titles from its online collection as downloadable/ mobile editions formatted for use with various handheld devices (for the time being, the books can be purchased individually for $9.99 each from different sources).

Books@Ovid Complete citations; whole chapters Complete citations; whole (or sectioned) chapters Nook HD Tablet
Brill e-books Many complete e-books, chapters and articles; additional materials available for purchase Many complete e-books, chapters and articles; additional materials available for purchase iPhone, iPad, Android
Clinical Key As an authorized user, you may download and store a reasonable portion of individual book chapters from ClinicalKey for your exclusive use. As an authorized user, you may print, and store a reasonable portion of individual book chapters from ClinicalKey for your exclusive use. Elsevier permits that the Subscriber may copy, paste, and/or print up to a maximum of ten percent (10%) of the Subscribed Product. The ClinicalKey mobile app is available for Apple and Android devices. ClinicalKey.com’s mobile interface adapts to your screen size, so you can use any phone, tablet or mobile device to discover fast answers and deep evidence.
Credo Electronically bookmark, download and save individual entries included in the Works - unable to download content from Credo for offline viewing; Materials can only be viewed online, other than those exported on an entry-by-entry basis, using the "saved results" or "export to Google Drive" functions on the platform. Print out single copies of individual entries found in the Works for purposes of private study or research Credo's titles are available for viewing on any any mobile device. 
EBSCOhost You may choose to download an eBook to your computer and read it offline at a later time. You must have a personal My EBSCOhost folder account.(See Downloading EBSCO eBooks - Tutorial for downloading EBSCO ebooks).

Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from this link.

Up to 100 pages of an eBook can be saved for printing or emailing per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer.

Note: The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.

An Android or Apple mobile device with the EBSCO eBooks™ app will need to be installed.  

See EBSCO eBooks App - Overview Tutorial for how to download to your tablet or smartphone for offline reading.

EEBO - Early English Books Online You may download an entire book from EEBO, or a custom range of pages. You may create printouts of materials retrieved through the Products via on-line printing, off-line printing, facsimile, or electronic mail. Not stated
Gale Virtual Reference Library You may download an HTML or PDF file of an e-book article, chapter or section Printing is generally limited to one entry. The free Access My Library® app may be used to access eBooks on mobile devices. This app may be downloaded at the App Store or on Google Play
IEEE Wiley eBook Library Books can be downloaded chapter by chapter. Full text access to all e-Book titles copyrighted in the year(s) 1974-2015 Whole chapters at a time All major handheld PDAs
Oxford Up to a single chapter or 5% of a single chapter from each Oxford title (whichever is greater) Up to a single chapter or 5% of a single chapter from each Oxford title (whichever is greater) iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry (OSO is now "fully mobilized," no specific devices named.)
Proquest Ebook Central You're enabled to download individual pages and chapters as well as the entire book. In some cases of limited availability on a book, your institution may limit the full book download. Ebooks downloaded to personal computers are read via Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Please ensure you have this free software installed before downloading. Please also check the ADE system requirements. The default printing allowance is 40% of each ebook, and the copying allowance is 20%. Similar restrictions apply when you read ebooks offline. When printing a chapter or range of pages, a deduction is made from this allowance. On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader. Downloaded ebooks can also be transferred to any portable ebook reader that supports Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). There's a list of these compatible devices on the ADE website.
R2 Digital Library The R2 Digital Library does not allow direct download of eBooks Users are able to print or email sections of the R2 digital Library Tablets, smartphones and web-capable eReaders
Safari May download and store Sections of a work on the individual User's hard drive or other storage device for such individual User's personal use only May print Sections - the limited portion of a work that is displayed to the User at one time by the Service -- of a work.
Individual pages can be printed.
Apps available for iPad, iPhone, Android Phones, Android Tablets, and Blackberry Playbook for those who have Personal Safari accounts
Sage Whole chapters/articles at a time Whole chapters/articles at a time E-book reader compatible. Mobile-optimized version available for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Blackberry
ScienceDirect Whole book (one chapter at a time); full articles Whole chapters/articles at a time iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry
SpringerLink Whole book (one chapter at a time) Whole chapters at a time; also can order paperback versions for $24.95 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Nook HD Tablet
Stat!Ref Online: Electronic Medical Library Only citations may be downloaded. Because of publisher restrictions there are limits on how much you can print at a time. Whole chapters usually will not print in their entirety. Apps available for iPhone and iPad, Android, and BlackBerry
World Bank e-Library Whole book (may also download one chapter at a time). All eBooks since 2014 are now available to eLibrary subscribers as full text without the need to download a PDF or ePub. No limit to number of pages for printing May be downloaded to mobile devices. eLibrary for Mobile supports iOS: 6.1 and later, and Android: 2.3 and later.