eBooks are currently sold on the single user licence or subscription basis. The licensee, who is registered with a login on the ASI website (either as ASI member or Guest), gains access to their eBook/s via their own Dashboard. This Dashboard provides a 'digital locker', not only for eBook purchases, but also for eLearning modules, invoices, seminar notes and CPD certificates.
ASI eBooks are not PDFs. They are readable online only and may not be downloaded or printed.
The eBook is licensed to the licensee only and may not be transferred to any other party without the permission of ASI.
It is up to the licensee to inform ASI of any change to their email address and therefore to their login.
Corporate purchasers should note that the eBook remains the property of the individual licensee, even after that person leaves the company, unless the company administrative contact for ASI makes a request for the transfer of the eBook to another colleague within the company.
An eBook subscription covers access to a publication or set of publications for the period of 12 months, licensed for a choice of 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 concurrent users.
A concurrent user licence means the right of any person listed within a licensee organisation, who is registered on the ASI website, to access and use the product at any one time.
When a subscription to an eBook or set of eBooks is purchased, it is added to the company record in the ASI database. All staff members who have a login to the ASI website will have immediate access to the subscription. For companies not yet associated with the ASI, a company record will be set up once the purchase has been made, after which relevant staff members can be added.
Each company has at least one contact designated as ASI Admin Contact for the company who can add additional staff members to get access to the eBook/s via a quick and easy process. Download the User Guide for ASI eBook subscriptions.
The number of people within the organisation who may access the product at any one time depends on the number of concurrent user licences purchased. Each time an eBook licence is in use, the name of the user is visible on all Dashboards so making it easy to contact the user, should urgent access to the eBook be required by another staff member. Users should be encouraged to close their eBook as soon as they are finished using it to allow access to other staff members. Each licence, if not closed by the user, expires after 12 hours.
Each person’s Dashboard is in effect a digital locker containing all their digital activities on the ASI system and includes many other features apart from eBooks, for example, seminar notes and certificates for ASI courses they attended, eLearning modules they are completing, their invoices.
Due to the method by which eBooks are accessed on the ASI website, subscriptions are not suitable for organisations such as university and public libraries.
tekReader is a powerful and sophisticated eBook reader that delivers high quality technical documentation on the device* of your choice. It is a rich web application therefore it can be used on any platform. Responsive and adaptive web design provides an optimal user experience. tekReader offers multiple viewing options and navigational aids as well as an excellent search capability and the ability to take notes and highlight sections.
There is no need to install or download anything when using tekReader as it is directly available from your browser. The eBooks are designed to be used online and are not printable.
tekReader eBooks can be viewed using any modern browser. We would recommend using Chrome for an optimal user experience when viewing some of the complex tables contained in some of the publications. Other modern web browsers may offer a gradual degradation scenario for complex tables.
* There may be certain older devices that are no longer compatible.
ASI licensed PDFs are encrypted and password-protected PDFs that are issued to one user only. The licence permits the user to saving the PDF to one location only and to print one paper copy.
The full Digital Licence Agreement for both ASI eBooks and licensed PDFs can be found here.