E-book platform comparison chart

E-book Comparisons ProQuest Ebook Central Scholars Portal Books EBSCOhost eBooks Publisher Platforms
Guides ProQuest Ebook Central: Guide Scholars Portal Books: Guide EBSCOhost eBooks: Guide
Content

Through Ebook Central, Western has access to almost 72,000 titles.

ProQuest Ebook Central features over 71,000 recent and relevant titles across all academic and professional subjects, from hundreds of academic publishers.

Contains about 200,000 commercial books available to users from OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) member schools such as Western.

400,000 other digitized titles, mostly in the public domain and many provided by the Internet Archive, are also available and can be access by anyone.

Contains titles in a variety of subjects in the humanities, social science, and science field, as well as children and young adult fiction.

Western Libraries gets access to a wealth of ebooks across a range of subjects, directly through publishers’ platforms.

Ebooks accessed directly from publishers typically offer simpler downloading and printing compared to other aggregated ebook platforms.

E-book Collection Catalogues ProQuest Ebook Central: Search Scholars Portal Books: Search EBSCOhost ebooks: Catalogue
Account Information Sign in with your Western Identity username and password. No platform-specific account, but you may need to log in with your Western Identity username and password if off-campus. A free 'My EBSCOhost' account is required to download eBooks for use either on your computer or mobile device. No platform-specific account is necessary though some offer this option.
Features and Tools

'Bookshelf' keeps track of books you have borrowed and can also save a running list of titles for later.

Annotations and highlighted sections of books can be saved and exported, and citations can be automatically generated.

Keep a list of "My Books" for later reference.

Generate citations automatically in a variety of styles, and export directly to EndNote, Refworks, or in RIS format.

Searches can be saved and books can be added to a personal folder for later review.

Citations can be automatically generated in a variety of styles and exported to EndNOte, Refworks, BibTex, etc. Includes an in-reader dictionary.

Features and tools vary, but typically include online reading and printing from the browser, the ability to download sections, chapters, or entire books in PDF format, and exporting citations.

Some platforms offer user accounts for saving searches, titles lists, bookmarks, etc.

Software Requirements for reading e-books Online Compatible with all modern web browsers, no plug-ins required for online reading. Compatible with all modern web browsers, no plug-ins required for online reading.

Firefox, Safari, and Chrome: current version plus one previous version of the browser is supported; Internet Explorer must be version 10.0 or higher.

JavaScript, cookies, and DOM storage must not be disabled (these should be on by default).

Compatible with all modern web browsers, no plug-ins required for online reading.
What can be downloaded and for how long?
  • Pages and chapters can be downloaded to limits listed above; some titles available for full download.
  • Some titles must be borrowed after 10 minutes of online reading.
  • Loan periods vary.
  • Textbooks can have up to 3 users at a time.
  • Generally up to 20% or 36 pages of a book can be downloaded as PDF, whichever is more. Limits may vary according to publisher.
  • Springer books are downloaded by the chapter.
  • Canadian University Press books are “borrowable” only and must be downloaded / cannot be read online.
  • Loans are for 72 hours, when this expires the book disappears from your reader software.
  • Books can be downloaded in full for between 1 and 5 days (typically), in either PDF or ePub format.
  • Depending on the title, up to 100 pages can be downloaded as restriction-free PDF.

Content can typically be downloaded or viewed for printing by the chapter or by complete book.

There are no time limits or other software controls on ebook downloads from publisher platforms (ie, no Digital Rights Management software).

Export to PDF
Printing
Printing Limits

Up to 20% of a book can be copied and up to 40% can be printed or downloaded as restriction-free PDF (in total; if you print 10%, you can then only download 30% in PDF).

Some books have different limits, set by publisher. Items labeled “Available for Full Download” can be downloaded in full for a set period but have the same copy and print limits as above.

Generally up to 20% or 36 pages of a book can be printed or downloaded as PDF, whichever is more.

Limits may vary according to publisher.

Limits vary by item / publisher, but usually 10%-20% of book can be printed, or downloaded or emailed in PDF format, up to 100 pages.

Some items may not allow for any printing (due to publisher imposed limitations).

Content can typically be downloaded or viewed for printing by the chapter or by complete book.
Download for offline reading
Software Requirements

Download and install Adobe Digital Editions, required for offline reading of full book downloads on a desktop computer or laptop. Mac users may need Adobe PDF plug-in.

Bluefire Reader is required for mobile devices (iOS and Android) and is free through the App Store and Google Play. An Adobe ID is also required.

Download and install Adobe Digital Editions for offline reading on a desktop computer or laptop. Mac users may need Adobe PDF plug-in.

Bluefire Reader is required for mobile devices (iOS and Android) and is free through the App Store and Google Play. An Adobe ID is also required.

Download and install Adobe Digital Editions for offline reading on a desktop computer or laptop. Mac users may need Adobe PDF plug-in.

Bluefire Reader is required for mobile devices (iOS and Android) and is free through the App Store and Google Play. An Adobe ID is also required.

Some titles are free of DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, and can be downloaded without signing in and do not require Adobe Digital Editions.

Any PDF compatible software or device. Adobe Digital Editions is not required.
Compatible Devices

Online reading: any device with a web browser and internet connection.

To download: any computer that supports Adobe Digital Editions; for mobile, any app that supports Adobe Digital Editions, such as Bluefire Reader.

Online reading: any device with a web browser and internet connection.

To download: any computer that supports Adobe Digital Editions, including Kobo etc.; for mobile, any app that supports Adobe Digital Editions, such as Bluefire Reader.

Online reading: any device with a supported web browser (see above) and internet connection.

To download: any computer that supports Adobe Digital Editions; for mobile, any app that supports Adobe Digital Editions, such as Bluefire Reader.

Any PDF compatible software or device.
How to Return Not available. Borrowed books are made available to other users once the selected loan period expires, but cannot be returned early. Use the "return borrowed item" option in the Adobe Digital Editions software. Otherwise, items are automatically returned after 72 hours. Use the "return borrowed item" option in the Adobe Digital Editions software. Otherwise, items are automatically returned after 72 hours. Not applicable. There is no "checking out" of titles--so no time limit on downloaded PDFs and other users are not prevented from using the title.
How to Place a Hold Not available. Not available. If an item is already in use when you try to check it out, you will be given an option to place a hold and will be notified by email when it becomes available. Not applicable.