Ebrary Ebook Download Guide
Ebrary users can now download an entire ebook using Adobe Digital Editions, which seems to load onto most ebook readers except the Kindle. Books remain viewable for 14 days and may be downloaded multiple times. The first download from ebrary will take a few more steps than subsequent downloads, as you must set up an ebrary account and download and install Adobe Digital Editions.
*Many thanks to Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Philosophy & Religion Librarian at Princeton University, for permission to adapt and reuse his excellent step-by-step instructions.
The screenshots were taken on a PC, so it may look a little different if you are using a Mac, but the steps remain the same.
Note: There are still printing restrictions for ebrary ebooks after downloading. Portions of ebooks may be printed from Adobe Digital Editions, but never the entire book. The number of pages that may be printed varies by book, but is usually between 10-25% of the entire book.
2. In order to download a book, you have to create an Ebrary account, which you don’t need just to view the books online.
3. Once you create the account, you have to sign in, of course. From now on, you’ll be prompted to sign in when you want to download.
4. You’re not quite done. Getting the partial ebook on PDF is easy, but to get the entire book you have to download Adobe Digital Editions.
5. At the Adobe Digital Editions site, you have to click “Install.”
6. After you click “Install,” you get another screen, where you have to click “Install” again.
7. Adobe needs you to be really sure you want this, so after clicking “Install” twice, you have to click “Yes” to actually download Digital Editions.
8. Then the setup begins.
9. And another step.
10. One more click and we’re done!
11.Well, almost. You still have to agree to the license terms.
12. Oh, and you still have a little setting up to do.
13. It turns out you can’t download the ebook without creating accounts with both Ebrary and Adobe. So it’s time to do that.
14. Fill in all that information and “Join Adobe.”
15. Success! Adobe Digital Editions activated.
16. Only you don’t have any books yet. So go back to the Ebrary download page and click “OK
17. Now you’ll get a prompt to download the ebook into Adobe Digital Editions. Click “OK.”
18. And now we have our book. Through Adobe Digital Editions, it can be moved to various ebook readers and devices. Unfortunately, despite having accounts with both Ebrary and Adobe at this point, it doesn’t sync across computers. So if you download a book onto one computer using Adobe Digital Editions, you won’t be able to log into Adobe from another computer and access the book.
So, there you have it. How to download your Ebrary ebook for the first time, in 18 easy steps.