eTextbooks with Kortext Complete

Unlimited access to core texts on your reading lists at University of Wolverhampton 

The University library makes a large annual investment in eTextbooks, to ensure our students are provided with access to digital copies of the Essential texts from their reading lists* - saving them money while improving equity of access to key learning materials.

This is currently delivered through the Kortext platform where students are able to:

  • Have personal, digital, access to essential textbooks
  • Read anytime, anywhere
  • Read the textbook offline by downloading the free Kortext app
  • Go directly to specific extracts or chapters
  • Bookmark pages of interest and search for keywords inside the text
  • Select important passages of the textbook and make notes and highlights in colours you like
  • Use read aloud or translate tools to aid your understanding of the text

*Not all core textbooks are accessible through Kortext. Where we can’t provide an eTextbook the Library will try to provide suitable alternative provision.

How to access Kortext eTextbooks

Your Kortext eTextbooks can initially be accessed..

  • via module reading lists in Canvas where Kortext eTextbooks have been added
  • via LibrarySearch

Once you’ve opened a book through one of the above routes, you’ll then have access to it...

When accessing Kortext e-textbooks, especially as a first-time user, you may be prompted to login. Use your standard University IT credentials, accepting any Ts&Cs if prompted. Please note that to use the Kortext app, you will need to set up a Kortext password - if you need help with this, see our Library FAQ about logging into the app.

How to use Kortext eTextbooks

Have a look at our User Guide for helpful tips and advice, or you can also visit the Kortext online support pages to learn more about how to use Kortext eTextbooks and find videos on how to use the Kortext Reader and Kortext Mobile App.

Kortext eTextbooks are provided in one of two formats - PDF and EPUB. The PDF books work in the same way as any standard PDF format, whereas the EPUB files offer additional enhancements such as being able to customise the font size, font style and background colour.

How to get further help and support

If you have further questions you can visit the Library Assist Support pages or get in touch via Library ASSIST live chat.

If you need help finding your reading list on Canvas, this FAQ on accessing reading lists will help you to get started. 

What does this mean for print books in the Library?

The Library operates an "e-first" approach to textbooks, meaning where a textbook is available as an eTextbook or as a standard eBook, this is the format it is purchased in. This offers the most simultaneous access for the largest number of students, supporting flexibility of study.

We know that many students and academics place a high value on access to print resources, and the library will continue to invest in our wider collections of printed books, journals and other materials, as an important part of our collection development policy and practice.

Where print copies are needed for accessibility reasons, the library will make every effort to provide these.

Information for staff

Information for academic staff can be found on the Academics section of the library webpages, under Kortext eTextbooks.