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Read Online

eBooks are digital full text versions of books that can be accessed online. 

 

You can read eBooks online via the "Check for availability" link in a Discover or Catalogue search. You may be prompted to login when accessing eBooks - use your USC username and password. 

After clicking 'Check for availability' you will be taken to the full record of the eBook. From here select the database link to open the homepage of the eBook in a new window.

 

The homepage of the eBook is important because it will prescribe what you can do with the eBook. Different rules apply to each eBook in relation to:

  • How many users can be reading the eBook at the same time
  • Number of pages you can print or save
  • If you are allowed to copy and paste text 
  • How long you can "borrow" the eBook

Read Offline

Downloading an eBook gives you the option to "borrow" the eBook and view it offline (i.e. without an Internet connection). The option to download allows you to receive content from the eBook for a loan period. It does not allow you to save the eBook indefinitely. Downloading an eBook varies depending on your device:
 

  • PC and Mac 
    • To read offline you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions
    • You may prompted to either Open or Save the eBook file when you are downloading. It is recommended to Open the file, which will launch Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  • Apple and Android
    • Bluefire Reader supports Adobe Digital Editions eBooks and allows you to download eBooks in both ePUB and PDF format directly to your mobile device. 

When you are using a PC on campus USC Library recommends reading the eBook online.

5 eBook hacks

This video shows how to read online, search, print, and close ebooks, and what to do if you can't access an ebook.

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