Answered By: Vicky Dobson
Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017

Your options for changing the background colour in an eBook will depend on the collection it is from, and whether you are reading it online or if you have download 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 change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

 

 

Collection: The Academic Library

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

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 option to change the background colour. 

 

Download: 

It is not possible to change the background colour of ACLS Humanities eBooks using Adobe Reader XI.

 

 

Collection: Berg Fashion Library

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

 

Download: 

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

 

 

 

Collection: CAB eBooks

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

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 background colour. 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 please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

Collection: Cambridge Core

Read online:

Some Cambridge Core eBooks are available to read online, depending on the book title. For those that are there is no option to change the font colour.

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 background colour. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer. Then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI and follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

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.

Reading online - online PDF and online EPUB:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

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. 

Please see these instructions to change the font colourHow can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions): There is no option to change the background colour.  

 

 

Collection: Drama Online

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

Download: 

It is not possible to download eBooks from Drama Online.

 

 

 

Collection: Emerald Insight

Read online: 

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

Please see these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

 

 

Collection: ICE Virtual Library

Read online: 

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader XI): 

Please see these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

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:

There is no option to change the background colour.

Download: 

Depending on the eBook title, it may be possible to change the background colour using these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?.

 

 

Collection: IET Digital Library

Read online:

IET Digital Library 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 change the font colour. You can open it in Adobe Reader XI by clicking the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then opening it from there with Adobe Reader XI. You can then follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

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 change the font colour. You can open it in Adobe Reader XI by clicking the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then opening it from there with Adobe Reader XI. You can then follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

Collection: MyiLibrary ebooks

Read online: 

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

Download (opened in Adobe Reader XI) (you can download a range of pages): 

Please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

 

Collection: Oxford Reference

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

Download: 

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

 

 

 

Collection: Oxford Scholarship Online

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

 

Download: 

Click on View PDF to download the eBook. 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 background colour. 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 please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

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 background colour. 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 please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

Collection: Safari Books Online

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

‚ÄčDownload: 

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

 

 

Collection: SAGE

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

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 change the background colour. You can open it in Adobe Reader XI by clicking the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then opening it from there with Adobe Reader XI. You can then follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

 

Collection: ScienceDirect

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

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 background colour. 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 please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

 

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:

There is no option to change the background colour.

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 background colour. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader XI. 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. Click Enable Editing and click OK, then please follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no option to change the font colour.

 

 

 

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 change the background colour. You can open it in Adobe Reader XI by clicking the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then opening it from there with Adobe Reader XI. You can then follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader XI?

 

 

Collection: Very Short Introductions

Read online:

There is no option to change the background colour.

Download:

It is not possible to download Very Short Introductions eBooks.

 

 

 

Collection: VLeBooks

Read online:

You can add a coloured overlay by clicking on the little symbol that looks like a pie chart in the top right hand corner. Click this repeatedly to cycle through different overlay colours.

 

Download (Adobe Digital Editions required):

There is no option to change the background colour.