Limits on number of: copies, prints, pages image-PDF downloadable

There are variable limits on the number of the following that can be made per book in a single user session:

  • copies that can be made
  • pages that can be printed
  • pages that can be image-PDF downloaded

The restrictions are as follows for ebrary sites both within and outside the United States:

  • 60 = Max number of copies (InfoTools, Copy) per book, per user session
  • 60 = Max pages printed (InfoTools, Print) per book, per user session
  • 60 = Max pages downloaded as image PDF per book, per user session

There are a few publishers who have set more restrictive limits on books they provide.  These publishers include:

  • CQ Press
  • Duke
  • Elsevier
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – does not allow any copies, prints, or page-range downloads (but it does allow full-document downloads)
  • Taylor & Francis (except Informa) – print and download limit of 30 pages
  • Wiley
  • University of North Carolina Press

- Note, in most of these cases the print or page-range dialog box will indicate the limits.  However, for publishers that set different limits for purchased and subscribed titles, the dialog box will not indicate the restricted limit.
- If you are not on a reseller site and you experience a limit lower than the above, it is for this reason.

There are a few resellers who have different limits on ebrary SITES they provide.  These include:

  • Al Manhal
  • Irwin Law
  • Cengage
  • Business Expert Press (BEP)

 

Only text can be copied – not images

The InfoTools “Copy” tool only allows you to copy text, not images.

Printing and page-range downloading… How to indicate the correct page numbers

Two (almost always reliable) ways to figure out what page number to enter in the print and page-range-download dialog boxes:

  • Option A:  Open a book by clicking on its title or cover, go to a particular page.  The page number to use for the page you are on is the number shown at the top-right, above the live TOC area, in the little box
  • Option B:  Go to a particular page in an ebrary book, choose Print under the InfoTools menu (or image-PDF after clicking the Download button).
    The page number to use for the page you are on is the number filled in as the starting page number
  • For many ebrary books, these page numbers will be the same as the page numbers seen on the book’s pages, for example:
    • The pages prior to the first page of chapter 1 are typically numbered starting with i, ii, iii, iv, etc
    • The first page of chapter 1 is typically numbered page 1

Option C: If a book is numbered in a particularly unusual way (such as multiple sections, each of which starts with a page 1), you may need to use the always-reliable “consecutive” page numbers, which you indicate with parentheses

  1. ebrary assigns “consecutive” page numbers by calling the first page (usually the cover) page 1, the next page 2, the next page 3, etc.  No interpretation, just assignment.
  2. If you open a book by clicking on its title or cover and go to any page, the “consecutive” page number for that page is shown at the top-right, above the live TOC area, to the right of the little box, THE FIRST NUMBER IN PARENTHESES
  3. To use a “consecutive” page number in the print and page-range-download dialog boxes, you need to put the number in parentheses to indicate you’re using a consecutive page number.  For example, (1) indicates the cover or whatever the book has as the very first page.  (23) is the page you get to if you start on the very first page we have for the book and do 22 page turns.
  4. Note, “consecutive” page numbers are rarely the same as the page numbers seen on the book’s pages, and rarely the same as the number in the little box.

Printing and image-PDF downloading… by chapter (troubleshooting)

If a “chapter” consists of more pages than the max number of print/download pages allowed by the system, and you try to print/download the chapter, you will get an error.

If the book is broken down into parts or sections (e.g., Part I, Part II), and then chapters within those parts, “by chapter” will only give you the option to print/download by part.

The workaround in either of these cases is to instead specify the starting and ending page numbers.  To figure the page numbers to indicate:

  • Open the book by clicking on its title or cover
  • Go to the first page of the chapter that comes directly AFTER the chapter you want to print/download.   Note the page number of that page.  The page number for printing/downloading purposes is the number shown at the top-right, above the live TOC area, in the little box
  • Go to the first page of the chapter you want to print/download.  Use the InfoTools Print command, or click the Download button.  The page number of the page you are on will be filled in.  You’ll just need to fill in the ending page number, which is the page number of the next chapter – 1.  If the page range for the chapter is more than the number of pages allowed by the system, you’ll need to reduce it.

Print settings (zoom, margins, headers and footers) in QuickView

When you open a document by clicking on its title or cover, you’re in QuickView.

Printing from QuickView is browser-based, so the print quality and features can vary from browser to browser.  Changing the print settings needs to be done via the browser tools, not the print menu when you initiate the print.

If your printed pages tend to spill over onto two pages, try the “To maximize space” settings below.  You might even try setting the zoom to 90 or 95%.

If the text on your printed pages seems too small, try setting the zoom to 125% and try the “To maximize space” settings as described below.

In Firefox (version 11):

  • Under the small FireFox menu up at the top-top-left
  • Under “Print…” select “Page Setup…”
    • You can change the zoom
  • Click on the “Margins & Header/Footer” tab
    • To maximize space, set each header and footer field to blank
    • To maximize space, set the margins to .3 all around

In Internet Explorer (version 9):

  • Under the gear icon
  • Under “Print” select “Page Setup…”
    • To maximize space, set each header and footer field to empty
    • To maximize space, set the margins to .3 all around
    • If the problem is text spilling onto two pages, you can try making the left and right margins larger, like .75 inch, while making the top and bottom margins smaller, like .25
  • There doesn’t appear to be any way to affect the zoom

In Chrome (version 18):

  • Under the wrench icon or 3-lines icon
  • If you change the “Zoom”, it affects both the screen and the print zoom
  • Under “Print…”
    • To maximize space, set “Margins” to “Minimum”
    • To maximize space, de-select “Headers and footers” so none are included
    • Must click “Print” to print this page if you want the settings to stick