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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
You'll be asked to select a checkout period (1-7 days) and confirm checkout & download.
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.
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.
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.
You can transfer EBSCO eBooks to many types of devices, including iOS and Android phones and tablets and most ebook readers (except Kindles).
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.