While the USF STL (short term loan) limit is set at 25/day/user, the download limit is actually set across all Ebook Central customers under their Excessive Download Policy. This serves as a safeguard on the Ebook Central servers to identify systematic downloading and potential abuse. The system will flag a patron account if they have, in the past 30 days, downloaded:
1. Books from more than 15 categories AND more than 25 books in total, OR
2. More than 40 books, OR
3. Books from more than 20 categories.
This restriction only applies to downloading. The patron is still able to read online. We are able to override a blocked patron account if the Library notifies Ebook Central that the patron is legitimate.
A short term loan is charged for each day of a download. It is possible that someone could attempt to download four ebooks in a day with a loan period of one week and be blocked. 4x7= 28 loans.
Clicking on the book title will take you to the Book Details page.
This page presents you with a range of options:
Recent developments have included expanded chapter sections that meet the PDF print/chapter download allocation.
Reading Books Online
The Online Reader was developed with extensive input from customers, with intuitive navigation to help you quickly find popular features.
The default view includes an expandable Table of Contents, a robust Search Within feature, relevancy ranked search terms by chapter, and a navigation tool bar in the content pane.
In the Bookshelf you will find:
In the Bookshelf you can:
At the folder level, you can:
To download a chapter from Read Online:
Chapter downloads do not expire and the page allocation refreshes every 24 hours.
Software is required prior to utilizing Full Download.
For PCs and laptops you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions.
For mobile devices you will need to download Bluefire Reader.
Prompts are available during the Full Download process.
Full Download is recommended if you need to access the book offline.
When using a PC, full download will prompt you to download Adobe Digital Editions.
Select the Loan Length, which is set by your library.
Remember to open the download in Adobe Digital Editions