The two major e-book providers at VU are Ebook Central, and EBSCO eBooks. All the books accessed through these providers are protected by a Digital Rights Management system (DRM). DRM is a system which regulates the usage of digital content. It limits the loan period for downloading and the number of pages that can be printed or copied.
Additional specialised software is required when you want to read the downloaded copy of a DRM protected book.
There are other e-book providers that allow pdf chapters (and in some cases whole books) to be downloaded without any specialised software requirement. See the following list.
To download EBook Central and EBSCOhost e-books to your desktop or laptop, you need to first download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software. This free software is available from Adobe's website. Note, all library computers have ADE installed and that ADE is different from the Adobe Reader. NOTE that downloads are only for a limited time.