Answered By: Sarah Copeland
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017     Views: 30

Memorial Library provides access to a variety of ebooks. Many of those that we pay for are protected by DRM, or "digital rights management." (You may have heard of DRM related to music, newspapers, or other online content.) DRM allows the publisher of the ebook to determine whether and how much of the book can be printed. Because DRM is controlled by the publisher, the number of pages you can print varies from book to book.

For many of the ebooks provided by Memorial Library, you can see how many pages you can print from an ebook by looking at the webpage that contains the book's bibliographic information. (This is the page with information about the book, including a link that you click to open the book up for reading.)
EBSCO ebooks -- printing permissions located next to "Publisher Permissions"
ebrary -- printing permissions located under "Available for Online Reading

EBL is different. Books accessed via EBL have a standard print allotment of 40%. (Some books may have a different percentage, depending on the publisher.) The number of pages you are allowed to print is calculated for each book. To see how many pages you can print from an ebook access via EBL, you need to open the book up as though you were going to read it. From there, you click on the "Book Details" tab. There you will see your allowances for the book, as well as how many pages you have left.