Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 Views: 444
eBooks from EBSCO can be "checked out" and downloaded to your computer or any Adobe Digital Editions-compatible or BlueFire Reader-compatible device. Please note that downloading ebooks is not required to read them. You can read the ebooks within the database right from your computer.
Before attempting to download an ebook from EBSCO, please make sure that:
- You're downloading to a device that supports Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader. Ebooks can be downloaded to iPads, PCs and several types of ereaders including a NOOK and Sony ereader. Check here if you're not sure whether your device supports these applications.
- You have an SNHU email and password login. This is your normal login to my.snhu.edu.
- You have Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader downloaded on your computer or device. Adobe Digital Editions is a free program that allows you to load the entire ebook for viewing and transfer it to a device. If you want to download to an ipad (or Apple device) you will want to download the Bluefire Reader or another database-specific application. For more information about how to download Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader, click here.
- You have or plan to create a free account within the EBSCO ebook database. You will need to create a free account in the EBSCO database (called My EBSCOhost) to be able to send the ebook to Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire (more information on creating an EBSCO account is available below).
Please note: When you download an ebook from EBSCO it will only be available on your computer or device for 3 hours. After the 3 hour period is up you can download the book again if you'd like to. This 3 hour period is set by the vendor/publisher and is not something that the library can change.
Some ebook databases only allow a certain number of users to view or download an ebook at the same time. If you get a message indicating that you cannot view or download an ebook because it is "checked out" or being viewed by another user, please try again later or ask a librarian for assistance finding an alternative resource.
To Download eBooks from EBSCO:
- In the eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database, click on the "Download (Offline)" or "Download the eBook (Offline)" option below or next to the ebook you want to download:
- After you click the "Download (Offline)" or "Download the eBook (Offline)" option a pop-up box will appear asking you to sign in to your My EBSCOhost account (this is a free personal account within the database):
If you do not already have a My EBSCOhost account, use the "Create New Account" option to create an account. If you already have a My EBSCOhost account, use the "Sign in to My EBSCOhost" option.
- After you have signed into your My EBSCOhost account, another pop-up box will appear. Click on the "Checkout & Download" button to download the ebook:
Remember: The maximum amount of time an ebook from EBSCO can be downloaded for is 3 hours.
Please Note: There is a "Viewing Requirements" area on the pop-up box which provides more information about downloading ebooks to various devices and requirements for downloading ebooks.
- After you click on the "Checkout & Download" button a new pop-up box should appear indicating that you have successfully downloaded the ebook:
- A box should then appear prompting you to open the ebook file in Adobe Digital Editions. Click "Ok" and the ebook should open in Adobe Digital Editions for you to begin reading.
Check out the video below for a tutorial of download ebooks from EBSCO and reading ebooks in Adobe Digital Editions or click here to view download instructions from EBSCO.
If you would like to download eBooks to your Kindle Fire, please click here for instructions.
More information on EBSCO eBooks is available here.
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