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eBooks: Dawsonera eBooks

A guide to using the library's eBook collections.

Dawsonera eBooks

Many of the library’s ebooks are available via the Dawsonera platform.

https://www.dawsonera.com/

Log-in via Shibboleth using your Goldsmiths username and password (i.e. the same username and password that you use for your Goldsmiths email and the VLE).

If you click on a link to a Dawsonera ebook from Library Search you will be prompted to log-in via Shibboleth.

After logging in you will be taken to a description page about the ebook. On the bottom right there are clickable links to “Read Online” and/or “Download” the ebook.

Read Online mode

In “Read Online” mode you can scroll between pages using the down arrow on your keyboard, by using the scroll wheel on your mouse or by using the scroll bar on the right side of the screen. You can also navigate within the ebook by clicking on the contents options on the left side of the screen, using the search option to find a particular word or phrase, or by typing a page number into the box above the page. The magnifying glass icons can be used to zoom in and out.

Printing from Dawsonera ebooks

In “Read Online” mode you may print a limited proportion of the ebook by clicking on the print button on the right side of the screen. A window will open displaying your print allowance for that book. You may then select to print the current page or enter the page range that you wish to print.

Note: To print from an ebook you must use “Read Online” mode, you cannot print from a downloaded ebook.

Copying from Dawsonera ebooks

You may copy a limited proportion of the ebook by clicking on the copy button on the right side of the screen. A window will open displaying your copying allowance for that book. You may then choose to copy a selection of text or copy an entire page. Your selected text will then come up in a separate window from which you can then copy/paste the text into another document for you to save.

Note: To copy from an ebook you must use “Read Online” mode, you cannot copy from a downloaded ebook.

Using the “Add notes” feature

You can add notes to a Dawsonera ebook using the add notes bar at the bottom of the page. You can review your notes in the tab on the left side of the screen. There are options to export your notes as a text file, or share your notes with another student/staff member. The share option generates an access code, which the other person can enter in the import box to receive your notes.

Downloading Dawsonera eBooks on a PC or MAC

To download Dawsonera ebooks on a PC or MAC you will need to install either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader and create a free account called an Adobe ID when prompted. Adobe Digital Editions can be downloaded here

Please note: When using a laptop or desktop PC or Mac you will not be able to download Adobe Digital Editions from Google Play or the App Store.

Kortext software can also be used to read downloaded Dawsonera ebooks and can be downloaded from the Microsoft store here. To download the Kortext app on Mac please follow the instructions here.

The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader you will be asked to authorise your computer using an Adobe ID. You must create an Adobe ID when using Bluefire Reader.

With Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID is not compulsory but it will allow you to download your ebook on up to 6 devices. Alternatively, you can choose to authorise your computer without an ID.

Once you have installed Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader on your PC/MAC, click the “Download ebook” button.

A window will appear asking you how many days you would like to download the ebook for. In most cases there is an option to download for up to 3 days, although some ebooks may have shorter download lengths. Choose the “Length of Loan”, “Select Reader” and then “Download”. Note: The downloaded ebook will expire after the selected number of loan days, after which you may download the ebook again.

Depending on which browser you are using, you may be automatically prompted to open the ebook or the file may be saved to your downloads folder. When using Firefox, when prompted, choose to open the file using Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader.

Chrome saves the file to your downloads folder, click on the downloaded file to open it. The ebook file will have a name that begins with “URLLink” and be an ACSM file.

The ebook will then open in Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader.

Further information about downloading Dawsonera ebooks with Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader is available here.

Please note: It is not possible to print or copy from a downloaded version of a Dawsonera ebook.

Using Dawsonera on an iOS or Android device

Before downloading Dawsonera ebooks on your mobile device you will need to install an app. There are three different apps that you can use to download and read Dawsonera ebooks: Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire Reader or Kortext. Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader will prompt you to create a free account called Adobe ID. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android). 

Once you have installed one of these apps, click the "download" button for the ebook.

Choose the “Length of Loan”, “Select Reader” and then “Download”.

iOS users will need to click on the link that comes up on the next screen.

Open the downloaded ebook file from your mobile’s “downloads” folder.

 

Ebooks with Restricted Access

Some of our Dawsonera ebooks are on access models which restrict the number of users that may access the ebook at one time. These ebooks will have the following message:

If another user is already viewing the ebook you can join the online queue to be notified when the ebook becomes available:

 

eBook rentals on Dawsonera

When you are logged into Dawsonera you may request short-term rentals of ebooks which the library does not own. These titles will have a purple closed padlock symbol, rather than a green open padlock. To request a rental, click the “request rental” button.

Enter your email address, library card ID (the barcode number from your Goldsmiths card), and rental period.

You will receive an email with the outcome of your rental request.

Please note: Some rental requests are automatically approved but others require staff approval. The library acquisitions team work office hours Monday-Friday so you may experience a delay if you place a rental request in the evening or over the weekend.

Dawsonera Help site

Further information is available on the Dawsonera website at https://www.dawsonera.com/helpPage

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