Skip to main content

ebook Download Guide (EBSCO eBook Academic Collection): Your First EBSCO eBook Download, Step by Step

Privacy and Security Concerns with Adobe Digital Editions

Recently, it came to light that there are serious privacy and security concerns with Adobe Digital Editions version 4. If you use ADE 4 for viewing ebooks offline on a personal device, please see our blog post for more information.

Email or Save PDF eBook sections (Recommended)

1. Find the ebook you want and view the full text. Navigate to the section of the book you are interested in reading first.

2. Click E-mail Pages or Save Pages and choose which pages. The number of pages you may email or save varies by book and is decided by the publisher. If emailing, enter an email address and subject and click E-mail PDF.

3. If emailing, you'll receive a confirmation your email was sent. If saving, a file will download to your default location (such as a Downloads folder) or a dialog box will appear asking you to name the file and choose a place to save it.

4. And it's that easy! Now you have a PDF copy of that chapter to use for your research.

Download eBook to computer using Adobe Digital Editions

Want to take advantage of the library's ebook collection even when you're not online and/or at your computer? You can now down­load entire ebooks onto your computer and load them onto most mobile devices (except Kindles).

This (rather lengthy) guide will walk you through your first download from EBSCO eBook Academic Collection. You'll need to download some software and set up some user accounts. Don't be scared. Subsequent downloads should be much quicker and easier.

The screenshots were taken on a Mac, so it may look a little different if you are using a PC, but the steps remain the same.

Questions? Confused? We can help!

1. Download Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID

If you haven't already, download Adobe Digital Editions software and create an Adobe ID, following the directions at each link. (Adobe Digital Editions is free software that manages digital rights associated with some ebooks.)

2. Create a MyEBSCOhost Account

Next, if you haven't already, create a MyEBSCOhost account by going to eBook Academic Collection, choosing "Sign In" from the top menu bar, and following the "Create a new Account" link located next to the Login button.

Nota bene! Be sure to remember both your Adobe ID and EBSCOhost account usernames and passwords. The library cannot recover these for you.

3. Locate and select an ebook

Once you find an ebook that you'd like to download, click the “Down­load this eBook (Offline)” link. If you're not already logged in with your MyEBSCOhost ID, you'll be prompted to sign in.

4. Select checkout period and start download

You'll be asked to select a checkout period (1-7 days) and confirm checkout & download.

5. Save/open the downloaded ebook file in Adobe Digital Editions

You can either open the ebook with Adobe Digital Editions right away, or save it to your computer and open it later. In this example, we'll open the file using Adobe Digital Editions.

6. Authorize Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID

If it's your first time using Adobe Digital Editions on this computer, you'll be asked to authorize the computer. Enter your Adobe ID and password.

7. Adobe Digital Editions will download the book....

8. Finally! Time to read.

Once the book is downloaded, it will open in Adobe Digital Editions. You can page through it using the right and left arrow keys on your computer. To make moving around in the book easier, you might want to enable the navigation panel, which lets you jump around via the table of contents. You can do this in the Reading menu.

The book will expire when the loan period that you chose is over. You can always go back to eBook Academic Collection and download it again.

Transferring an EBSCO eBook to your mobile device

You can transfer EBSCO eBooks to many types of devices, including iOS and Android phones and tablets and most ebook readers (except Kindles).

  • To transfer a book to your iOS or Android device, you'll need to download a free app called Bluefire Reader.

    If you're using iOS, you'll also need an Apple ID and iTunes; here are complete directions for transferring books using Bluefire, Adobe Digital Editions, and iTunes.

    We haven't yet found good instructions for downloading to an Android device; we'll post some here once we have a chance to test it out ourselves. (Or, if you figure it out first, stop by & show us how it's done!)

    (You can also download books directly to Bluefire if you're using EBSCOhost Mobile on your device.)
  • To transfer a book to your ereader, connect the ereader to your computer via its USB cable, open Adobe Digital Editions, and locate your ereader, which should be listed under Devices in the left sidebar in Library view. Drag and drop the book from your library onto your listed device.

Questions? Stop by the library service desk or get in touch -- we're happy to try to help!

*Many thanks to Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Philosophy & Religion Librarian at Princeton University, for permission to adapt and reuse his excellent step-by-step instructions, originally written for ebrary.