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Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016     Views: 412

eBooks behave differently to print books. They do not need to be borrowed by using your library card. They are not recorded as a loan on your library record, they do not need to be returned and also do not accrue any late charges.

eBooks are accessed like journal articles. They can be found by searching the Library Catalogue and can either be read online or downloaded to a home computer or mobile device. If downloaded, a download period applies which is between 1-14 days depending on the eBook. Once the download period has ended, the eBook expires and needs to be downloaded again if it is still required. An eBook will not expire if it is read online.

It must be noted that Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection systems control the use of eBooks. DRM determines how many users can access an eBook, how it can be accessed and what can be done with it, for example, how much printing or copying is permitted. DRM is set by the eBook vendor, author or publisher.

The eBooks at Curtin LibGuide provides more information on how to locate, access and use eBooks held at Curtin University Library.  You can also watch this video on how to find ebooks online via the Library catalogue, and read them online.

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