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Downloading EBSCO eBooks

EBSCOhost eBooks can be checked out and downloaded to computers and other devices for offline viewing in either the Adobe Digital Editions eBook reader (computers) or the EBSCO eBook app (mobile devices). Both programs offer much more flexibilty than the default EBSCOhost viewer (changing fonts, resizing text, adjusting display size, etc.).

Compatible devices: For more information on compatible devices see the EBSCO Support website.

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.

For more information:

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 (Windows or Mac)

Watch a YouTube video (3:55 min.): Downloading EBSCO eBooks

  1. Install the free Adobe Digital Editions software on your computer, available at: http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html
    NOTE: Be sure to select either the Windows or Macintosh versions (not Apple or Android).
  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 or iOS (Apple) Mobile Device

  1. Create an Adobe ID and password at: http://adobe.ly/1g9FdG6.
  2. Download the EBSCO eBooks app to your device, available at:
  3. After downloading the app you must authenticate it and designate MCC as your library:
    1. Open the app on your device.
    2. Enter your Adobe ID and password and tap the Authorize button.
    3. Tap Find Books (at the bottom).
    4. Select UNITED STATES then NEBRASKA from the drop-down menus.
    5. Select METROPOLITAN COMM COLLEGE as your library.
    6. Enter your MCC username and password and tap Login.
  4. Now you can find and download eBooks on your device. Watch the video linked below for more information.
 

Watch a YouTube video (2:02 min.): eBooks App Overview

Downloading to a Kindle Fire or Nook

  1. Create an Adobe ID and password at: http://adobe.ly/1g9FdG6.
  2. From the home screen of your Kindle Fire or Nook device, go to your Settings menu.
  3. Select Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) then select ON. NOTE: The location and description of this setting may vary by type of device.
  4. From your Kindle or Nook device, download the APK (app installer) by tapping this link: http://support.ebsco.com/downloads/ebooks/ebooks_app/
    EBSCO_ebooks_kindle_nook.apk
    .
  5. Once the download is complete, tap on the file and select Install.
  6. After downloading the app you must authenticate it and designate MCC as your library:
    1. Open the app on your Kindle or Nook.
    2. Enter your Adobe ID and password and tap the Authorize button.
    3. Tap Find Books (at the bottom).
    4. Select UNITED STATES then NEBRASKA from the drop-down menus.
    5. Select METROPOLITAN COMM COLLEGE as your library.
    6. Enter your MCC username and password and tap Login.
  7. Now you can find and download eBooks on your Kindle or Nook. Watch the video linked below for more information.
 

Watch a YouTube video (2:02 min.): eBooks App Overview