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The Library has a number of different suppliers of eBooks. This page is about eBooks from the supplier called Dawsonera.

Browse the ebooks available on the Dawsonera platform

eBook access

Find all our Dawsonera ebooks in Library Search.

Log in with your Manchester Metropolitan University username and password to read Dawsonera ebooks on and off campus.

If you see a pop-up window asking you to "Login with your institutional name and password" select the "Shibboleth login" option and select Manchester Metropolitan University from the list.  You will then be able to use your Manchester Metropolitan University username and password. Do not use the Direct login boxes.

Dawsonera ebooks have a Read Online and a Download option. To Read Online all you need is an internet connection and an up to date browser, you don't need to download any additional software. The Download option requires additional software (information below). 

Most Dawsonera ebooks allow multiple users to read them at the same time. There are a few ebooks with a publisher restriction that only allow one or three people to read them at the same time. If the eBook you want to use has a green padlock indicating we've purchased it, but offers a preview instead of the Read Online button, the ebook is in use by another reader. Wait for around 15 minutes, you'll usually be able to access it. 

If you have a problem accessing an ebook, or always find that the ebook is in use, please contact the Library. Tell us the title of the ebook you are unable to access and any error messages you get.

Printing and copying

Varies depending on the publisher. Usually around 10%. You may only print or copy from the Read Online version.

Can I download a whole Dawsonera ebook to read offline?

Yes, but restrictions apply see below. Select Download ebook to download an ebook for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you'll need to download it again.


  • Only to a personal (not a university networked student access) laptop / desktop PC, tablet or phone
  •  If the publisher allows it and the book allows multiple concurrent users
  • You may only download one ebook at a time
  • You will need additional software

Software required

How to do it

Once you have found a Dawsonera ebook you wish to download to read on a personal device:

  • Select the Download ebook button
  • You’ll be presented with the option to download the title to Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader.
  • Choose Adobe Digital Editions if you are using a laptop/desktop or Bluefire Reader if on a mobile device. 
  • A Download in Progress pop up window opens
  • Once the download is complete you'll be prompted to choose a location to save the file. Click Save and open the file from your chosen location.​
  • You will need either free Adobe Digital Editions (laptop/desktop) or £4 Bluefire Reader app (mobile device) installed in order to read the downloaded file.