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What are eBooks?

eBooks are digital versions of print textbooks. 

Availability of eBooks and the formats supported vary from publisher to publisher.   Currently Wildfire Textbooks partners with Cengage, Lexis Nexis and John Wiley & Sons to provide eBook versions of some of their print books. A summary of each type of eBook is below - to find out more about the format of an invididual eBook, look on that product page.

 --> Cengage eBooks - VitalSource

--> LexisNexis eBooks - Bluefire Reader format

--> John Wiley & Sons eBooks

 

What are the differences between eBooks and physical textbooks?

eBooks give you instant access to your required textbook information.  Once purchased they are instantly downloadable – no waiting for delivery, no holdups with post, no shipping costs!

eBooks are generally cheaper than physical textbooks - at Wildfire Textbooks you will find eBooks are 10%-45% cheaper than physical textbooks.

eBooks are lighter, easier to transport and take up no space compared to physical textbooks.

eBooks have environmental benefits – they reduce the demand for the production and consumption of paper, and no waste is produced through using eBooks.

 

Cengage e-books are currently in transition to a new platform. 

The following text describes current arrangements.

What can I expect from my Cengage eBook?

If your eBook is published by Cengage Australia you get:

    • Read online, or offline via VitalSource Bookshelf
    • Use text-to-speech to listen to your textbooks
    • Notes, highlights and bookmarks stay in sync on all your devices
    • Search topics or images
    • Right click for definitions
    • Accessibility options for users who are differently abled

If your eBook is published by Cengage U.S. you get:

    • Read online only via CengageBrain.com
    • 5-year access
    • Add notes, highlights and bookmarks to your eBook
    • Search topics or images
    • Accessibility options for users who are differently abled

How can I access my eBook?

On CengageBrain.com

    1. Log in to cengagebrain.com and go to 'My Home'
    2. Click 'Open' to view your eBook
    3. Your eBook will open 

LMS

If you’re accessing your eBook from your institution’s Learning Management System, simply log in to your course. If you have questions, please contact your instructor. 

VitalSource (not available for U.S.-published titles)

Online access

    1. After accessing your Cengage eBook online, go to vitalsource.com 
    2. If you already have a VitalSource account, sign in. Or create an account if you don’t have one already
    3. You can now access your eBook on the VitalSource Bookshelf online

Offline access

    1. After accessing your Cengage eBook online, go to vitalsource.com/download
    2. Download and install Bookshelf for your computer or mobile device
    3. Sign in with your VitalSource account email address and password
    4. Once you've signed in, you can download any of your eBooks to your device for offline use

IMPORTANT: Do not create a new account. If you create a new account, you will not be able to view your eBooks. If you have created a new account, you will need to contact VitalSource support to have your accounts merged 

Need help with VitalSource?

support@vitalsource.com 
AU: 08 7111 3343 
NZ: +61 8 7111 3343
Check out the FAQs at vitalsource.com/en-au/faqs
 
FAQ

 I bought my Australian-published eBook on CengageBrain.com. 

Can I access it on VitalSource Bookshelf?

Yes, Australian-published Cengage eBooks can be accessed on VitalSource Bookshelf

I bought my U.S.-published eBook on CengageBrain.com. 
Can I access it on VitalSource Bookshelf?

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook and downloaded it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, you can still access your eBook on VitalSource Bookshelf

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook but did not download it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, you now access your eBook on CengageBrain.com

How do I know if my eBook is from Australia or the US?

You will need to search for the title of your eBook on CengageBrain.com. If you see the below icon on the product page, then it is an Australian-published eBook. If there is no icon on the product page, it is a U.S.-published eBook.

 Can I access my Cengage eBook on mobile devices?

If your eBook is published by Cengage Australia, it is mobile-accessible on VitalSource Bookshelf. See above for access information

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook and downloaded it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, your eBook is still mobile-accessible on VitalSource Bookshelf

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook but did not download it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, it is not mobile-accessible. You now access your eBook on CengageBrain.com

Can I access my Cengage eBook offline?

If your eBook is published by Cengage Australia you can access it offline via VitalSource Bookshelf. See above for access information

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook and downloaded it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, you can still access your eBook offline via VitalSource Bookshelf

If you bought a U.S.-published Cengage eBook but did not download it to VitalSource Bookshelf before 01 July 2019, it is not accessible offline. You now access your eBook on CengageBrain.com

We intend to release offline access and easy mobile reading within the Cengage App by Semester 1, 2020 for all Cengage eBooks.

 

Accessing Cengage Brain eBooks from outside of Australia

Living overseas but studying at an Australian university, or trying to get ahead with an eBook whilst on holiday? Once you have purchased your eBook access code, you will need to go to https://login.cengage.com/cb/login.htm and register an account first - then once you log in you can enter the access code and access your ebook. CengageBrain.com.au blocks all non-Australian IP addresses at the moment, which is why this workaround is requried.

 

 

LexisNexis eBooks

Licence information:

When you purchase a LexisNexis eBook you are purchasing a perpetual (lifetime) licence to access that eBook. Licences are non-transferrable, and non-refundable – so please choose carefully. You can only download the eBook to one device.

Accessing your LexisNexis eBook after purchase:

Your access code and instructions will be emailed to you after you have completed your purchase.

Please note it may take up to 4 hours on a business day for your access code to be provided (e.g. if you order on a Sunday morning, you will have your access code by 12pm Monday – if you order at 12pm Monday, you will have your access code by 4pm Monday).

eBook Format:

LexisNexis eBooks are provided in Bluefire reader format. Any ebook purchased can only be installed on one device

The BlueFire reader will work on PCs, Macbooks and Ipads/Tablets but is not recommended for smaller mobile devices. You do not need an internet connection to read the Ebook once you have downloaded it.

 

 

John Wiley & Sons eBooks

Licence information:

When you purchase a Wiley eBook you are purchasing a perpetual (lifetime) licence to access that eBook. Licences are non-transferrable, and non-refundable – so please choose carefully.

Accessing your Wiley eBook after purchase:

When you purchase a Wiley eBook, you are purchasing a printed access card with a unique access code which will be mailed to you. See http://www.wildfiretextbooks.com.au/shipping-and-delivery for an idea of typical delivery times.

eBook Format: