FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE E-BOOKS
You can buy these e-books in a user-friendly format direct from this website in both ePub and Kindle formats. These versions of the e-books are not protected by the usual Digital Rights Management (DRM, see below). Instead they use "Social DRM" or "watermarking" to discourage illegal sharing and downloading. The e-books contain several visible and invisible marks, such as your name, email address and a transaction code, by which any illegal distribution can be traced. (The best-known user of this form of protection is J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.)
The major advantage of this method of e-book protection is that you can read the books on a wide range of devices - computers, e-book readers, tablets and smartphones - and use a variety of e-book reader software programs (iBooks, Kindle, Adobe Digital Edition, Bluefire, Mantano etc). You are not restricted to devices and software that support Adobe DRM.
When you purchase an e-book from us you will be able to choose whether you want the ePub or Kindle format or both. You can then download the file(s) using the link(s) that will be emailed to you and transfer the book to whichever device(s) you will be using to read it.
CLICK HERE to download a sample version of the ePub version of the textbook to test your e-book reader for compatibility. A sample of the Kindle version can be downloaded from the Amazon website.
Do you own an iPad, or a Kindle or Nook reader?
- You can purchase an e-book from this website, download it using the link(s) that will be emailed to you and start reading.
- Alternatively, for iPad (and iPhone) owners, the e-book can be purchased from the Apple iTunes bookstore* and downloaded for reading. If you have updated your desktop or laptop Mac computer to the Mavericks, Yosemite or Sierra (or later) operating system you can also read the book on it using the iBooks app.
- Similarly, if you are an Amazon customer you can purchase the Kindle version of the e-book (from this website or from the Amazon Kindle bookstore) and download it immediately for reading. It can be read on your Kindle reader or (using the free Kindle app) on your desktop or laptop computer, tablet or smart phone. If you have purchased the book from Amazon the reader will need to be linked to your Amazon account.
- For owners of Nook devices (in the US) the e-book can be purchased from the Barnes & Noble Nook bookstore, downloaded and read.
- For owners of Kobo devices the e-book can be purchased from the Kobo bookstore, downloaded and read. However, please note that the Kobo desktop reader does not display the book correctly and that not all Kobo readers are compatible.
Introduction – e-books vs print books
- E-books are different from printed books in many ways. Their content (text, tables, diagrams and images) are not arranged in a fixed layout but instead it “flows” to fit the screen. The appearance varies depending on the font size, font style and layout settings that you are using, the size of your screen and whether it is in “portrait” mode or “landscape” mode. The page numbers (if your e-book reader displays them) are not the same as those in the printed book.
- E-books can be read on your computer (using suitable software – see below), on portable devices like iPad, tablet computers and smart phones (using suitable software – see below) or using dedicated hand-held e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle, Sony, Kobo, Nook etc.
- A feature of e-book readers (hardware and software) is that you can alter the layout. Generally you can adjust some or all of the: font style, font size, line spacing, page margins, text justification (left or full justification), hyphenation, background colour etc.
- We recommend that you start by accepting the author’s settings. Some readers allow you to explicitly choose this option. In particular, try to use left (not full) justification. In iBooks the default setting is full justification. The control to change this to left justification is found in the system Settings app, not the iBooks app itself.
- Unfortunately figures and tables can cause large empty spaces to appear in the e-book when they happen to fall where a page break should be. You may like to experiment with the font size and screen orientation (landscape vs portrait) to reduce this. Some readers provide a “scrolling” view which eliminates the problem of page breaks; in iBooks you can select this mode in the Themes menu.
- Some readers allow you to zoom images (or the entire page) for a better view. At other times a table may be too wide and information may be lost. Try reducing the font size or switching to landscape.
- Most e-book readers have a Table of Contents which you can use to jump to a particular section of interest.
- Almost all readers have a search function, allowing you to search for a word or phrase. This can be extremely useful and takes the place of the index that you find in the print book.
- Most readers allow you to highlight sections of text, add your own notes and bookmark pages. They also keep track of the point you have reached in your reading. If you are reading on multiple devices they may well synchronise to keep the bookmarks, notes etc the same on all devices.
- The textbook contains a few links (similar to those you find on websites) to allow you to jump to a relevant section in another chapter. Some of the readers then help you to jump back to where you were reading, for example with a History function. Not all readers recognise these links, and in other readers they can be quite difficult to see.
- E-books are produced in several different formats including ePub, Kindle and pdf.
- This book is available in the ePub and Kindle formats.
- ePub is an open standard supported by most but not all readers.
- Apple’s iBooks and the Barnes and Noble Nook use proprietary formats based on ePub. These devices can also read the ePub book that you can purchase from this website.
- Kindle books use Amazon’s proprietary format. Kindle books are not compatible with ePub; they must be read using a Kindle device or using the free Kindle app on a computer or portable device.
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
[This section is not relevant if you have purchased your e-book(s) from this website.]
- Like many ePub books, these books are protected by Digital Rights Management. Unfortunately this is necessary to stop unauthorised copying and widespread dissemination.
- The ePub versions of the e-books are protected using Adobe DRM. This means that you will need to have registered for an “Adobe ID” to download and read them. This can be done by creating an Adobe account on the Adobe website. You will be asked to provide your name, country and email address.
- The Adobe ID will allow you to authorise up to six computers and devices to read DRM-protected e-books that you have purchased. Please note that this means that the person whose Adobe ID is used to authenticate your computer and any other reading devices must be the person who buys the e-book(s).
- If you buy an e-book from the Apple iTunes bookstore* it will be protected using Apple’s proprietary FairPlay DRM, which means that it can only be read on your iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) and your Mac computer(s) (if the operating system has been updated to Mavericks, Yosemite or Sierra OS or later).
- If you buy an e-book from Amazon’s Kindle bookstore it will be protected by Amazon’s proprietary DRM. You can only read it on your Kindle reader or (using the Kindle app) on computers, tablets and smart phones linked to your Amazon account.
- If you buy an e-book from the Barnes & Noble bookstore (only available in the US) it will be protected by B&N’s proprietary DRM, which means it can only be read using a Nook device or using Nook reader software on a computer, tablet computer or iOS device.
- Purchase an e-book in ePub or Kindle format (or both) from this website. You will receive an email with one or more links allowing you to download the e-book. When you have downloaded it, transfer it to the device(s) that you wish to use to read it, and start reading. Alternatively, follow the relevant steps below depending on your device.
- To buy the Apple edition of the book from the iTunes bookstore*, simply buy the book using your Apple ID, download it and start reading. If you have more than one iOS device registered to the same Apple ID you can download the book to each of them. The same applies to your Mac computer (if you have updated it to the Mavericks or Yosemite OS or later).
- To buy the Kindle edition from Amazon, simply log in to your Amazon account, purchase the book, transfer it to one or more of your devices and start reading.
- To buy the Barnes & Noble Nook edition, purchase the book and download it to your Nook device and/or Nook reader software on another device.
- If you are buying the DRM-protected ePub version of the book, download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader software from the Adobe website. It is available for both Windows PCs and Macs. Make sure you download version 4 (or later), since it handles some of the complex images better than the previous version did. Authenticate it using your Adobe ID.
- Buy the e-book (if you haven’t already). Once your download is available, click on the download link and a small file with a name ending in .acsm will be downloaded to your computer.
- Open this file using the Adobe Digital Editions program; double clicking on the file may do this, or you may need to right-click on it and select “Open With … Adobe Digital Editions” or something similar. Adobe Digital Editions will match your Adobe ID to the e-book. It will then download the full e-book file from the bookstore’s website. Since it is almost 10MB in size, the download may take a considerable time, depending on your computer’s connection speed. Adobe Digital Editions will then open and display the e-book, and you can start reading. Alternatively you can transfer it to other readers and devices which have been registered using the same Adobe ID.
Using other readers
You may prefer to use other programs and/or devices to read the e-book. If you have purchased the e-book from this website you can use a wide range of devices and software. If you have purchased it from another store, the use of Digital Rights Management (Adobe DRM) limits the range of options significantly. The options include:
- Hand-held e-book readers such as the Kindle, Sony, Kobo and Nook. Please note that many of these readers have a black-and-white display so information is lost from many of the diagrams and images. Also, not all of these readers are compatible with the format used for the figures and equations. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to load the book into your reader and make sure it is registered using your Adobe ID.
- Other e-book reader programs for your desktop computer such as the Kindle reader app. A list of desktop readers known to be compatible can be found above. Find the e-book file on your computer’s hard disk. It will have a name like “The Physics and Technology of Diagnostic Ultrasound A Practition.epub” and it will probably be located in a folder named “My Books” or “Digital Editions” or something similar in your documents folder. Open this file with the e-book reader software and you can start reading.
- E-book reader applications on portable devices like the iPad, tablet computers and smartphones. Only a few of the available apps are compatible with Adobe DRM. It is therefore recommended that for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) you use Bluefire, a very popular free app. For Android tablets and smart phones Bluefire is recommended. Alternatively, you may like to try another free Android app, the Mantano Reader. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to transfer the e-book from your computer to the portable device. (For the iPad, for example, this can be done using iTunes.)
*Important note regarding the iTunes bookstore
Unfortunately e-book purchases via the the iBooks store are not available in all countries at present. If you own an iPad but do not have access to the book on the iBooks store you should consider buying the e-book from this site. Alternatively you could buy the Kindle version and read it on the iPad using the Kindle app for iPad.
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