Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2018     Views: 202

PDF and EPUP format in EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO is increasingly offering books in two different eBook viewing formats, PDF and EPUB.  The format you want to use depends on what functionality you want, including saving pages. 

PDF and EPUB formats in an ebook record


You can tell you're in the PDF because there's a little box at the bottom that lets you type in a page number to jump to that page, whereas the EPUB doesn't have that.

Screenshot of a PDF format ebook with the page number box


EPUB will re-wrap the text according to your screen size and you have much more flexibility re font size etc. - it's a much better reading experience. The arrows at the bottom navigate between sections and not pages.

Screenshot of a book open to EPUB format

Saving Pages

screenshot of the save pages option in EBSCO eBooks

However, if you need to save pages to a PDF, and your intent is to possibly cite a quotation from the book, it is important that you save from the PDF view, not the EPUB view, because the original page numbers are totally lost from the downloaded PDF when saved from the EPUB view. In the EPUB-originated saved PDF, you get instead artificially generated 1,2,3,4 page numbers at the bottom which in no way correspond to the actual book page numbers. The original book page numbers are completely lost.

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