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eBooks: Access eBooks

Finding and reading eBooks at University of South Wales

Where can I access eBooks?

If you are a current University of South Wales student and staff, you can access eBooks on and off-campus using your UniLearn username and password. 

Most eBooks can be used on mobile devices like tablets and phones, as well as PCs.  Read the 'Using eBooks' tab to find out more. 

Can I read eBooks on my Kindle?

Kindle devices are designed to use Amazon's own e-book formats: AZW and AZW3 (KF8). Kindles do not support the ePub file format used by many of our ebook platforms and titles.

However, many of our ebooks are available wholly or in part as pdfs, and it is possible to read these on a Kindle. You can transfer pdfs to Kindle either by connecting the computer or device displaying the pdf via a cable, or by emailing the pdf as an attachment using Amazon's Send to Kindle service. 


Having trouble accessing an eBook? Do the following checks before contacting the library for help: 

  • Check your FINDit account for library eResource entitlement, and ensure that you have logged onto FINDit.
  • Clear cookies/cache from your browser.
  • Try a different browser. We sometimes experience compatibility problems between certain platforms/browsers.
  • Check your ereader software. Ebooks in ePub format require Adobe Digital Editions, such as the eBooks from Dawsonera and ProQuest. This is not the same as Adobe Reader, which is used to open PDFs.
  • Is the eBook PDF trying to open in a browser's own pdf viewer (e.g. Chrome)? Try changing the browser settings to use Adobe Reader instead.
  • Be aware that some eBooks have a limit of simultaneous user access, such as some eBooks from EBSCO and Dawsonera platforms. You will be able to see the total number of allowed simultaneous users from the eBook platform. When the maximum simultaneous users have reached, you need to wait until an existing user has logged out
  • Google the exact error message. You will often find the solution online. 

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