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eBooks @ Curtin: Print, copy and more

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Printing, copying and annotating

When using an eBook, you may be able to:

  • Print pages
  • Copy pages
  • Annotate pages
  • Highlight text

Note that many of the Library's eBooks are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM), which regulates these actions and restricts what you can do. For example, you may only be able to print or copy a certain amount of pages of an eBook, or you may not be able to do this at all.

Digital Rights Management restrictions are set by the publisher or vendor. 

Publisher platforms and aggregator platforms

eBooks can generally be placed in two categories, eBooks that are hosted directly on a publisher's platform, and those that are hosted on an aggregator's platform. The DRM of these categories differs.

Publisher platforms, e.g. Springer, Wiley, Elsevier

  • eBooks are usually in PDF format
  • Generally DRM free
  • Pages can be printed and copied
  • The fair dealing provisions of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 still apply, see the Copyright at Curtin Information Sheets

Aggregator platforms, e.g. Ebook Central, ebrary, Ovid

  • eBooks can be in PDF or ePUB format
  • DRM is strict
  • Only a set amount of pages can be printed and copied

Notes and highlighting

Ebook Central (ProQuest), as well as eBooks downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions, can be annotated and highlighted.

  • Open your eBook
  • To create a note, click on the Notes icon
  • Add your note details and Save
  • To read click on Annotations (Star)

Your notes will be retained and will be visible when you use the eBook again.

Notes and highlighting in Adobe Digital Editions

Export to EndNote

eBook citations can be exported to EndNote from platforms and from some publisher platforms.

Exporting references from a publisher platform

Export references into EndNote from  Ebook Central (ProQuest)