Checking out and Downloading EBSCO eBooks


This page demonstrates how to download EBSCO eBooks as well as how to place a hold on an eBook that is in use by another user.

Downloading eBooks

If your library offers eBook download capabilities, you may choose to download an eBook to your computer and read it offline at a later time. Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html.

To download an eBook:

  1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

    Downloading an     eBook

    If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

  2. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

    Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format for an eBook.

    Downloading an eBook

    The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.

  3. Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

    If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe® Digital Editions.

    If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

  4. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.

Note: If when trying to download an eBook to Digital Editions you receive the following error message:

E_AUTH_BAD_DEVICE_KEY_OR_PKCS12

You may need to completely remove any authorization using ctrl-shift-D to Adobe Digital Editions (cmd-shift-D if on Mac). Then restart Digital Editions, and reauthorize with your Adobe ID.

 

Placing a Hold on an eBook

If the eBook you have chosen to download is in use by another patron, and if your library offers Holds capabilities, you have the opportunity to place a hold on the eBook to download when it becomes available. Enter your e-mail address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button.

Placing a Hold on an eBook

The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook is available, you are notified via the e-mail address you provided and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.

After you check-out and download your eBook:

Note: Users may also check-out an eBook for download at a later time.

To Check-out an eBook with the option to download at a later time:

  1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.

  2. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button.

    If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so.

  3. Select Cancel from the resulting dialog box.

    The eBook has been added to the Checkouts area of the folder and can be downloaded at a later time.

See also:

Searching EBSCO eBooks - Help Sheet



ID: 5373
Topic: Interface Features
Services: EBSCO eBooks
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5373
Updated: April 2014

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