Answered By: Vicky Dobson
Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017

Your options for changing the text size in an eBook will depend on the collection it is from, and whether you are reading it online or if you have downloaded it to your computer. Please see the instructions below. The name of the collection the eBook is from should be displayed at the top of the page when you first access it.

 

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to make text on your screen appear larger using inbuilt features of your operating system.

 

Collection: The Academic Library

 

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can choose a zoom level between 70% and 400% by clicking on the drop down box in the top right hand corner. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the eBook platform using your browser (this does not zoom the eBook content). To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from The Academic Library.

 

 

 

Collection: ACLS Humanities

Read online:

You can choose whether you want to view ACLS Humanities eBooks as an image, text, or PDF (option to download a 10-page extract). 

If you choose image or text, there is no inbuilt zoom option. Browser settings: You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

If you choose to read an eBook as a PDF (by clicking on Download 10-page PDF excerpt), the download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom to some extent using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. Although the full range of zoom levels from 10% - 6400% look like they are available, only some of the zoom levels work. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 
 
 

Collection: Berg Fashion Library

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can change the text size by clicking on the little plus and minus symbols in the top right hand corner. There are 3 zoom levels available. 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from Berg Fashion Library.

 

 

 

Collection: CAB eBooks

Read online:

CAB eBooks are only available in downloadable PDF format.

 

Download: 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: Cambridge Core

Read online:

Some Cambridge Core eBooks are available to read online, depending on the book title. For those that are:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can choose between two different zoom levels by clicking the little Aa buttons in the top right hand corner. 

Browser settings:  You can also change the zoom level ousing your browser.  To zoom in, press  Ctrl  (Windows) or  command  (Mac) and the  +  key.  To zoom out, press  Ctrl / command  and the  -  key, and press  Ctrl / command  and  to set the zoom level back to default.  When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).  

Download: 

If you download an individual book chapter as PDF, the download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. With most titles you can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions. Unfortunately with some titles you may find that the Reflow setting doesn't work, as the spaces between words are lost when it is activated.

 

 

 

Collection: Dawsonera 

­eBooks are available in two different formats, depending on the title of the eBook: PDF (option to read online or download) and EPUB3 (option to read online or download). You can filter by the different formats using the menu on the left hand side.

Read online:

Online PDF and online EPUB: You can increase and decrease the text size by two levels each way, using the little plus and minus symbols in the top left hand corner. Text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when these are used. 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

If you are using Google Chrome, when you download the eBook you need to right click on the PDF and click on Show in folder. This should take you to the downloads folder where the PDF should be and from there you should be able to open it. You can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions): To change the zoom level, click on the AA button in the top right hand corner. Alternatively you can click on the Reading button and then click on EPUB Text size. Both options allow you to choose from a range of 5 zoom levels: Small, Medium, Large, Extra large, and Ultra large. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).  

 

 

 

Collection: Drama Online

Read online:

Browser settings: There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from Drama Online.

 

 

 

Collection: Emerald Insight

Read online:

Browser settings: There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. Depending on the title of the eBook, you may be able to make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions. However for some eBook titles, you may find that activating the Reflow setting causes the spaces between words to be lost.

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions): To change the zoom level, click on the AA button in the top right hand corner. Alternatively you can click on the Reading button and then click on EPUB Text size. Both options allow you to choose from a range of 5 zoom levels: Small, Medium, Large, Extra large, and Ultra large. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).  

 

 

 

Collection: ICE Virtual Library

Read online:

Browser settings: There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. Depending on the title of the eBook, you may be able to make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions. However for some eBook titles, you may find that activating the Reflow setting causes the spaces between words to be lost.

 

 

 

Collection: IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE Xplore Digital Library eBooks are available in downloadable PDF format. Some titles are also available to read online.

Read online:

You can change the zoom level by using the inbuilt slider tool in the top right hand corner (accessed by clicking on the little AA symbol). This offers 11 different zoom levels. When it is used the text reflows (automatically adjusts itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

Download: 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You may be able to make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions. However, you may find for some titles that switching on the Reflow setting causes the spaces between words to be lost. 

 

 

 

Collection: IET Digital Library

Read online:

IET Digital Library eBooks are download only.

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: Morgan & Claypool

Read online:

Morgan & Claypool eBooks are download only.

Download: 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions

 

 

 

Collection: MyiLibrary ebooks

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can change the zoom level from 50% to 400% (8 different levels) using the little plus or minus symbols in the top right hand corner. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

You can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: Oxford Reference

Read online:

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from Oxford University Press.

 

 

 

Collection: Oxford Scholarship Online

Read online:

Browser settings: You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Download: 

You can download an eBook by clicking on View PDF. The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 
 
 

Collection: Project Muse

Read online:

Project Muse eBooks are download only.

 

Download: 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: Safari Books Online

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can increase and decrease the text size using the little magnifying glass symbols in the top right hand corner. There are 9 zoom levels available. When you change the zoom level the text automatically reflows (adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from Safari Books Online.

 

 

 

Collection: SAGE

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can click on the AA symbol in the top right hand corner to toggle the size of the eBook text between small, medium or large. When you change the zoom level the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: ScienceDirect

Read online:

Browser settings: When you choose to read ScienceDirect ebooks online, they open as text in your web browser. There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: SpringerLink

SpringerLink eBooks are available in PDF format. Some titles have the option to read individual chapters as HTML by clicking View Chapter. Some titles are also available in EPUB format.

Read online:

Browser settings: There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

 

Download: 

PDF (opened in Adobe Reader XI):

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. You may get a message at the top of the page reads This file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard and has been opened read-only to prevent modification. If you get this message, click Enable Editing and click OK. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. Depending on the title of the eBook, you may be able to make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions): To change the zoom level, click on the AA button in the top right hand corner. Alternatively you can click on the Reading button and then click on EPUB Text size. Both options allow you to choose from a range of 5 zoom levels: Small, Medium, Large, Extra large, and Ultra large. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).  

 

 

 

Sustainable Organization Library (SOL)

Read online:

SOL eBooks are download only.

 

Download: 

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader XI settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. Then you can change the page zoom from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols on the top bar. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

 

 

 

Collection: Very Short Introductions

Read online:

Browser settings: There is no inbuilt zoom option. You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Download:

It is not possible to download Very Short Introductions eBooks.

 

 

 

Collection: VLeBooks

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options: You can increase and decrease the text size by two levels each way, using the little plus and minus symbols in the top right hand corner. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

Browser settings: You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

 

Download (Adobe Digital Editions required):

There is no option to change the text size.