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Using Ebooks: Ebook Tips

Ebooks Quick Fixes

Reading online

When you can only download a book for a set number of days, you may find it easier to read it online instead. This will allow you to print and copy from the book, and often to highlight pages as well as make and save notes and bookmarks.

Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is giving some users an authorization error message when they attempt to download ebooks. This is most likely to affect ebooks from EBL. See our page on Adobe Digital Editions to learn how to easily fix this issue.

Copying, Printing and Downloading

You are often able to print or copy pages from an ebook, but the number of pages you will be able to print or copy will be limited by the publisher using DRM (Digital Rights Management). Once these limits are reached, the publisher will not allow you to print or copy any further text.

Printing and Copying Ebooks

Ebooks are subject to the same restrictions as print books and individuals are generally permitted to copy or print up to one chapter or 10% of the ebook.

Downloading Ebooks

Many UCL ebooks can be downloaded to a PC or a mobile device. DRM restrictions mean that many won't be accessible using eReaders like Kindle. For more information check our Ebook Providers pages.


If you are having trouble accessing ebooks:

  • Check that you are using your correct UCL username and password.
  • Check that your student account is valid with correct dates.
  • Be sure that you are using the correct browser and software for your device.
  • Look at the provider help for any restrictions.
  • Try again later; it may be a title with limited concurrent usage.

Mobile Devices

It is not always straightforward to download on mobile devices devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android tablets. Look at the Ebook Providers pages for more information.