Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks
CSIRO Publishing now produces eBooks for most new releases and selected backlist titles.
How do I buy eBooks published by CSIRO Publishing?
- View the current range at CSIRO Publishing’s eBooks and retail partners. This list will be growing as we add our new titles each year and digitise more classic and out-of-print works.
- Individuals may purchase eBooks from our retail partners. For titles that have an eBook available there is a link from the individual web catalogue page from our site to the eBooks.com shop.
- Library customers can purchase the Archive Collection, pre-purchase frontlist packages or create their own Flexible Collections by choosing the titles that suit their subject interests. See our How to Order page for further details.
- Libraries can also order individual titles from suppliers including: EBL, James Bennett, DA Direct, MyiLibray, NetLibrary/Ebsco and Wheelers.
What eBook formats do you offer?
- Individuals can purchase our eBooks as PDF or EPUB files for most books.
- Our Institutional Collections for libraries are based on PDF files.
- PDF is the most popular document publishing format for general use. In order to give users a simpler and less cluttered reading interface, Adobe developed Digital Editions, a free download especially for reading ebooks. The benefit of viewing PDF ebooks is that they retain the original design of each page - so you see on your screen exactly what the book designer intended.
- The EPUB format is perfect for reading on smaller screens, because the lines of text ´reflow´ and adjust to accommodate varying font sizes and screen sizes. Adobe Digital Editions has been developed to make it possible for you to read your favourite ebooks on computers as well as a wide variety of hand-held devices, phones and ebook reading devices.
What eReaders can I use with CSIRO Publishing eBooks?
- The eBooks.com site has a good summary of the devices that are supported by them and how to access different file types. They include your standard desktop computer as well as popular mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, Sony Reader, Nook and Kobo Reader.
- Dymocks also offer a useful Digital Help page that explains how to use different file formats on the various devices.
- Kobo is a dedeciated reading device, and they have also produced an App that allows eBooks to be read on Smartphones including iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
- Kindle is also a dedicated eReader with an App available for reading on mobile devices.
- Readings eBooks are powered by Booki.sh and can be read online via a web browser or downloaded using their software.
Why are some files free to download?
- Some publications are free on our site due to special funding arrangements made with sponsoring bodies, allowing us to provide them to you at no cost.
What is the access model for libraries?
- Our eBook Collections are sold as perpetual access, and there is no limit to the number of concurrent users. Please contact our Customer Service Team for a trial.
How is access enabled in libraries?
- Access is IP authenticated for all authorised library patrons including those in remote locations as long as these are validated through the library IP server. We are also able to authenticate via Referring URL if required.
Are MARC records provided for libraries?
- MARC records are available for download by libraries through the administrative portal of the platform.
Can a library user download an eBook in an ordinary web browser?
- Yes. The eBook file can be downloaded and read in Adobe Digital Editions which is a free reader. The book is effectively ‘on loan’ and user access automatically times out after 30 days. This ‘loan’ facility is managed by the platform, and does not need to be coordinated by the library.
Can you provide user statistics for library users?
- Yes. We are COUNTER 2.0 compliant and libraries will be able to access user statistics for a collection and for individual titles from their administrative portal.
Do you apply digital rights management (DRM) to eBooks in the library platform?
- Yes. Users are able to print 20% and copy 5% of a title every 30 days in the eb20 reader. In Adobe Digital Editions the user can print or copy 30 pages every 30 days.
Is it possible for libraries to purchase an actual file?
- We do not currently offer files for library purchase.
Conditions of Use
- All content is copyright.
- You may not share downloaded publications from CSIRO Publishing with others.
- You may print the allowed content of downloaded PDF publications solely for your personal non-commercial use.
- Systematic reproduction, renting, re-selling or sub-licensing of downloaded publications, in print or electronically, is not permitted.
- Retransmission, caching, networking or posting of PDFs is strictly prohibited without written permission of CSIRO Publishing.
- Content may not be extracted for any other use. You may not reproduce, format, adapt, modify, translate or improve any materials included in the PDFs, or use any such materials in a manner that would infringe the copyrights therein.
- Downloading PDF publications from CSIRO Publishing constitutes the User's agreement with these terms.
Downloading Chapters & Pamphlets
When you have identified the title you require, choose Download or Buy Now and follow the simple prompts.
- Free PDFs open automatically upon selecting Download and can be saved subject to the conditions outlined below.
- To purchase Pay-to-View PDFs you must use this website and pay with a valid credit card. We accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.
- The time to download a PDF file depends on the type of connection you have and the size of the book.
- Select Download when you are ready to transfer the eBook to your desktop and follow the simple prompts. We recommend downloading to a folder created just for your eBooks.
- The PDF file will remain available on our site for 24 hours after purchasing. If you experience a communication problem during downloading, simply re-download the book within 24 hours of purchase. After that time you will no longer have access to the file via the CSIRO Publishing website.
- Once the file is downloaded, you may keep it for your personal use for as long as you wish, subject to the conditions outlined below.
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