Transferring EBSCO eBooks to a Portable Device - Help Sheet

This help sheet demonstrates how to transfer an eBook to a portable eReader device using Adobe Digital Editions.

If you have downloaded an eBook into your computer for reading in “Offline” mode via Adobe Digital Editions, you may transfer it to a supported eReader device.

To learn how to download an eBook using Adobe Digital Editions, please see the Downloading EBSCO eBooks Help Sheet:  

Note: If you are using an Apple or Android device, you can download and install the EBSCO eBooks app to find and download eBooks right from your device. Learn more about the EBSCO eBooks app.

Before transferring an eBook, you will need the following:

  1. A Portable eReader supported for EBSCO eBooks – a list of supported devices is available at:  

  2. Adobe Digital Editions installed on the computer  

  3. A Valid AdobeID – This may be created for free on following address:  

To transfer an eBook from Adobe Digital Editions to your portable device:

  1. Open your downloaded eBook in Adobe Digital Editions. If you have not authorized Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID on this computer, you will need to complete that step first. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID and Password the first time you try to open an EBSCO eBook with Digital Editions on your computer.

  2. Connect your portable device to your computer with a USB cable.

  3. Turn on the eReader. If the reader offers an option to Recharge or Connect to the computer, choose the “Connect” option.

  4. Open Adobe Digital Editions – it automatically detects the presence of your device and offers to authorize it with your Adobe ID.

    Just as the Adobe Digital Editions software must be authorized with your Adobe ID, the portable device must also be authorized to be able to transfer protected content to and from the device.

  5. Click Authorize Device in the resulting window.

    Authorize Device Window

  6. Click Finished after your device is authorized.

    Device is authorized window

  7. After authorization, the device appears as a new bookshelf in your library. Transfer items to and from the device bookshelf by clicking on the book title, then dragging and dropping the title into the device bookshelf.

    Note: Do not disconnect the device while you are in the process of transferring a title to the device.

    Adobe Digital Editions screen

See also:

Downloading EBSCO eBooks - Help Sheet

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Services: EBSCO eBooks
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