Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2017     Views: 68

It depends on either the eBook supplier, publisher or how in demand a particular eBook is.

Some eBooks limit how many people can use it at once. For these titles, if the downloadable copies are in use, the remaining eBook becomes Read Online only. 

Most eBooks from the suppliers MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, Ebook Central, VLeBook and Ebsco offer a Read Online option. You don't need to download the eBook to read it.

Some suppliers also offer a download of a section of an eBook. 

Some of suppliers mentioned above, offer you the option to download the eBook to a personal device for 24 hours. You need additional software installed on your device. We have more help with this in our eBooks on Mobile Devices guide. Please note, you cannot download an eBook to an Manchester Met campus PC, but you can read the eBook using the Read Online option.

Some other eBook suppliers such as Knovel and Cambridge Books Online do not give you the option to view the whole eBook in one go. Instead, each chapter of the eBook is a PDF file. You open the PDF to view the chapter. You can save the PDF of the chapter. The eBook does not impose a limit on the length of time you keep the downloaded chapter.