Reading and downloading e-journals and e-books on smartphones and tablets

E-journals

Access to the mobile version of an e-journal or its app is usually controlled by the Library's subscription.

  • Times Higher Education - the app is only available to personal subscribers to the print version Times Higher Education, not institutional subscribers. It is possible to view the content of the e-journal through your smartphone or tablet browser.
  • The Economist - apps are only available to personal subscribers to the print or digital editions of the Economist, not institutional subscribers. It is possible to view the content of the e-journal through your smartphone or tablet browser when on-site.

E-books

You can read library e-books on a variety of mobile devices, some can also be downloaded. We have tested the following e-book platforms on iPad and iPhone. Any e-book which offers a downloadable PDF can be read on Kindle.

iPad - reading and downloading e-books

E-book platformCan be read online?Can be downloaded?
 Books@Ovid  Yes  Yes
 Dawsonera  Yes  Yes. Downloads to Bluefire Reader. Set up an Adobe ID to download the Reader, see Downloading eBooks onto an Apple iOS device - dawsonera user guide. Note: titles published by Pearson are online access only and downloading is not possible.
 EBL  Yes  Yes. Downloads to Bluefire Reader. Set up an Adobe ID to download the Reader.
 Elsevier (ScienceDirect)  Yes  Yes
 Knovel  Yes  Yes
 MyiLibrary  Yes  Yes. No more than 10 pages.
 Oxford Medicine Online  Yes  No
 Referex (Engineering Village)  Yes  Yes
 SpringerLink  Yes  Yes
 Taylor & Francis Online  Yes  Yes
 Thieme  Yes  Yes. A special reader (iPublish Centre Reader) is required. For instructions see Thieme product information, choose 'Thieme E-book Library', then ‘Thieme E-book Library – Download / User Instructions’.
 Wiley Online Library  Yes  Yes
 IEEE/Wiley  Yes  Yes 

iPhone - reading and downloading e-books

E-book platformCan be read online?Can be downloaded?
 Books@Ovid  Yes  Yes
 Dawsonera  Yes  Yes. Downloads to Bluefire Reader. Set up an Adobe ID to download the Reader, see Downloading eBooks onto an Apple iOS device - dawsonera user guide. Note: titles published by Pearson are online access only and downloading is not possible.
 EBL  Yes  Yes. Downloads to Bluefire Reader. Set up an Adobe ID to download the Reader.
 Elsevier (ScienceDirect)  Yes  Yes
 Knovel  Yes  Yes
 MyiLibrary  Yes  Yes. No more than 10 pages.
 Oxford Medicine Online  Yes  No
 Referex (Engineering Village)  Yes  Yes
 SpringerLink  Yes  Yes
 Taylor & Francis Online  Yes  Yes
 Thieme  No  No
 Wiley Online Library  Yes  Yes
 IEEE/Wiley  Yes  Yes 

Troubleshooting e-book downloads

  • On library PCs ignore all messages to install Adobe Digital Editions - Adobe Digital Editions is already installed on the PCs
  • Where possible, choose the "Read online" option
  • If you are using Chrome browser try Internet Explorer or Firefox instead - some users have had difficulties with downloads freezing when using Chrome

For further assistance, please ASK the Library.