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Ebooks: Cambridge eBooks

About Cambridge eBooks

Charles Sturt has access to two collections of Cambridge University Press eBooks:

  • Cambridge Higher Education is a multi-subject collection of eBook textbooks
  • Cambridge Core is a wider collection of both journals and eBooks.

In terms of content, Cambridge Higher Education is a subset of Cambridge Core. In terms of functionality, the two collections have some similarities and some differences, including different interfaces and different arrangements for access. If you locate a Cambridge Higher Education textbook, your access will be via the Higher Education interface regardless of which collection you started in. 

Accessing and Using Cambridge eBooks

Finding a Cambridge eBook

If you have found a Cambridge eBook via Primo Search, the full record will include a link to Cambridge Textbooks (ie: Cambridge Higher Education) or to Cambridge Core. If you follow the prompts you should be taken to the home screen for the book.

If you have a link to a Cambridge eBook or book chapter in a reading list in your subject site, you can click on the View online link to be taken to the book or book chapter. It will most likely be a Cambridge textbook.

You can also search Cambridge Higher Education and Cambridge Core directly. This can be useful if you are looking for book-type material on a topic. 

Charles Sturt does not have access to all eBook content in these collections, but there is an option to “Only search content I have access to”.

Logging in to Cambridge

With Cambridge Core eBooks you do not need an individual login.

With Cambridge Higher Education you have two options. If you use the book's Read online button, or go to the Contents and click on the computer-screen icon for a chapter, the options are:

  • (Recommended)  Register for and use a Cambridge HE user account. This will give you access to the full-text, and also to enhanced personal study tools, including printing, in the Higher Education e-reader.
  • Continue with read-only access, without logging in. This takes you to the full-text in a basic eReader interface.

Note: If you are reading on a smart phone or mobile device you will need to register for an account and use the Spiral app.

Opening and reading a Cambridge eBook

With eBooks in Cambridge Core, you can access chapters as PDFs. There is no limit on access.

With textbooks in Higher Education, you can read online or create/use your Cambridge HE account to open the book in the Higher Education e-reader with options that included printing, and adding bookmarks and notations. This e-reader is available as a mobile or desktop app which can be used to download and read offline.

Copying and printing Cambridge textbooks

Use the printer icon in the top right corner of the Reader. This will open a pop-up page displaying the print allowance for the book and how much of the allowance you have remaining. The print function has a save-to-PDF option.

Offline reading

As noted above:

  • With Cambridge Core Higher Education,  if you have logged in as a Higher Education user, you can use the Print function to save to PDF. This can be done only one page at a can download PDFs as chapters.
  • With Cambridge Core, you can download PDFs as chapters, and there is no limit on downloads.

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