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Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks

EBSCOhost eBooks can be checked out and downloaded to computers and other devices for offline viewing in the Adobe Digital Editions eBook reader. This program offers much more flexibilty than the default EBSCOhost viewer (changing fonts, resizing text, adjusting display size, etc.).

Compatible devices & apps: For more information on compatible devices and apps see EBSCO's website (brief list) and Adobe's (complete list).

Checkout period: Checkout periods may vary from title to title. In general eBooks can be checked out for 1-30 days. Once the checkout period expires you will not be able to open the eBook on your computer/device.

NOTE: If you finish an eBook before your checkout period expires please check it in manually so that others can view it.



Preliminary steps

Before you can download an eBook you must create a MyEBSCOhost account and an Adobe ID. You only need to do this once.

MyEBSCOhost account

  1. From within the eBooks database, click on Sign In (on the blue bar across the top).
  2. Then click on Create a New Account (on the right).
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. EBSCO will ask for your name, e-mail address, a unique login name, password, and a secret question/answer in case you forget your login or password.

Adobe ID

Follow the device-specific instructions below.



Downloading to a Computer


Watch a YouTube video: Downloading EBSCO eBooks

  1. Install the free Adobe Digital Editions software (version 1.7.1 or higher) on your computer, available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html.
  2. During the installation process Adobe will give you the option of authorizing your computer with an Adobe ID. An ID is not needed if you only plan to view eBooks on one computer/mobile device but it is required if you want to download/transfer your eBooks to multiple computers or mobile devices.
  3. From within the eBooks database, find the eBook you wish to download and click the Download (Offline) link.
  4. If you are not logged on to your MyEBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to do so.
  5. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.
  6. The eBook is added to the Checkouts area of your MyEBSCOhost folder.
  7. A File Download dialog box will automatically open. Select Open.
  8. Adobe Digital Editions should automatically open the eBook.
  9. To access your eBook later, open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and select the eBook from your Library.
  10. To check the eBook in before the end of your checkout period follow EBSCO's instructions at: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5742.

Downloading to an Android Mobile Device

  1. Install the free Bluefire Reader app for Android, available at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluefirereader.
  2. Create an Adobe ID and password at:
    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm?nf=1&nl=1&loc=en_us.
  3. Authorize the BlueFire app with your Adobe ID:
    1. Open the BlueFire app on your device.
    2. Enter your Adobe ID and password in the fields provided.
    3. Tap Authorize.
  4. Use your Android device's browser to access the eBooks database.
    NOTE: The Chrome web browser is recommended for searching and downloading eBooks on Android devices.
  5. Find the eBook you wish to download and tap the Download (Offline) link.
  6. If you are not logged on to your MyEBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to do so.
  7. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and tap the Checkout & Download button.
  8. The eBook is added to the Checkouts area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.
  9. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading the eBook.
  10. To access your eBook later, open the Bluefire app on your device and select the eBook from your Library.
  11. To check the eBook in before the end of your checkout period follow EBSCO's instructions at: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6969.

Downloading to an Apple Mobile Device (iPad, iPhone, etc.)


Watch a YouTube video: Download EBSCOhost eBooks on your iPad

  1. Install the free Bluefire Reader app for Apple, available at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bluefire-reader/id394275498?mt=8.
  2. Create an Adobe ID and password at:
    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm?nf=1&nl=1&loc=en_us.
  3. Authorize the BlueFire app with your Adobe ID:
    1. Open the BlueFire app on your device.
    2. Enter your Adobe ID and password in the fields provided.
    3. Tap Authorize.
  4. Use your Apple device's browser to access the eBooks database.
  5. Find the eBook you wish to download and tap the Download (Offline) link.
  6. If you are not logged on to your MyEBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to do so.
  7. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and tap the Checkout & Download button.
  8. The eBook is added to the Checkouts area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.
  9. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading the eBook.
  10. To access your eBook later, open the Bluefire app on your device and select the eBook from your Library.
  11. To check the eBook in before the end of your checkout period follow EBSCO's instructions at: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6969.

Downloading to a Kindle Fire

  1. Install the free Bluefire Reader app for Kindle Fire, available at the BlueFire website: http://www.bluefirereader.com/blog/?p=158.
    Note: You will need to enable your Kindle to allow installation of third party apps from the Settings menu before downloading and installing the Bluefire app.
  2. Create an Adobe ID and password at:
    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm?nf=1&nl=1&loc=en_us.
  3. Authorize the BlueFire app with your Adobe ID:
    1. Open the BlueFire app on your device.
    2. Enter your Adobe ID and password in the fields provided.
    3. Tap Authorize.
  4. Use your Kindle's browser to access the eBooks database.
  5. Find the eBook you wish to download and tap the Download (Offline) link.
  6. If you are not logged on to your MyEBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to do so.
  7. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and tap the Checkout & Download button.
  8. The eBook is added to the Checkouts area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your Kindle.
  9. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading the eBook.
  10. To access your eBook later, open the Bluefire app on your Kindle and select the eBook from your Library.
  11. To check the eBook in before the end of your checkout period follow EBSCO's instructions at: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6969.
 
 
 
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