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Using Ebooks

How to download Ebsco Ebooks

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks cover many subjects with thousands of eBooks.

Special Features

  • Download thousands of eBooks to your computer, Iphone or Android with the new EBSCO eBook app
  • Save a list of favorite eBooks to your free EBSCO account for easy access
  • Get a citation in multiple formats, including APA and MLA
  • Save notes on eBooks to your free EBSCO account
  • View eBook Table of Contents from search Result List
  • Navigate to eBook chapters or sections directly from Result List and Detail Record
  • Search within a book for specific terms, yielding a list of hyperlinked pages
  • Create notes and retain links to the eBook pages viewed when notes were added.
  • Users can place a hold on limited simultaneous user books that are currently checked out

EBSCO eBook Apps

EBSCO eBooka & Audiobooks

The new EBSCO eBooks app supports the complete EBSCO eBooks experience, allowing you to discover eBooks in your institution's collection, download them to your device, and begin reading immediately, all within the app.

The EBSCO eBooks app is available for:

Click the thumbnail image below to watch a tutorial on searching and downloading EBSCO eBooks using the app.

Search for eBooks

view ebooks

Note: In order to download eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher installed on your computer. This is a free download available at

Downloading an eBook

If your library offers eBook download capabilities, you may choose to download an eBook to your computer and read it offline at a later time.

Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from this link.

To download an eBook:

  1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

    Downloading an eBook

    If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

  2. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

    Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format for an eBook.

    Downloading an eBook

    The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

  3. Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

    If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

    If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

  4. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.


  • If when trying to download an eBook to Digital Editions you receive the following error message: E_AUTH_BAD_DEVICE_KEY_OR_PKCS12

    You may need to completely remove any authorization using ctrl-shift-D to Adobe Digital Editions (cmd-shift-D if on Mac). Then restart Digital Editions, and reauthorize with your Adobe ID.

  • When downloading an eBook using the Chrome browser, the download will not automatically open but appears in the download bar at the bottom of the browser as URLLink.acsm. Click the download in the bar and select Open to open the eBook or select Always open files of this type to automatically open future EBSCO eBooks downloads in ADE.

Saving eBook Pages for Printing or Emailing

Up to 60 pages of an eBook can be saved for printing or emailing per user as a PDF file from within the eBook Full Text viewer.

Note: The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.

To save eBooks pages as a PDF:

  1. Open the eBook in the eBook Full Text viewer.

  2. Go to the first page of the section of pages you would like to print and click the Save icon in the right column.

    The Save Pages to PDF menu is displayed.

    Save Pages of an eBook Menu
  3. Select to include in the PDF:

    • Current Page: Save only the page you are viewing.
    • Current Page and the next XX pages: Enter the number of pages (up to 60) in the field provided.
    • This Section: Select to save the entire section or chapter of the eBook. (If available to select)
  4. Select:

    • Save PDF: To save the selected pages to your computer.
    • Send as an E-mail: To e-mail the selected pages as a PDF file to yourself.
  5. Open the saved PDF and use the Adobe Print function to print out your saved pages.

Note: eBook pages saved as a PDF can be transferred to, and read on eReader devices such as the Nook or Kindle. Consult your device's user manual for instructions on how to manually transfer files to the device.

f the eBook you have chosen to download is in use by another patron, and if your library offers Holds capabilities, you have the opportunity to place a hold on the eBook to download when it becomes available. Enter your e-mail address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button.

Placing a Hold on an eBook

The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook is available, you are notified via the e-mail address you provided and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.

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