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Downloading eBooks: Windows & MAC

This guide provides instructions for downloading eBooks found through IUCAT or Library eBook platforms to multiple devices.

Downloading to Windows & Mac Computers

Downloading eBooks to Windows & Mac Computers

 

Required software:

On computer: Adobe Digital Editions (see below for instructions on downloading Adobe Digital Editions)

 

Please note that as of May 2013, downloading eBooks is only possible from off-campus or on a computer that you have administrative rights to (e.g. your personal laptop or tablet).  While on campus, eBooks can be read on student computers, but cannot be downloaded.)

 

Step 1. Downloading eBooks to a Windows PC or Mac requires the free Adobe Digital Editions software:

1.  Go to Adobe Digital Editions: http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

2.  Click on the Download Now link to begin downloading Adobe Digital Editions.

3.  Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install Adobe Digital Editions.

4.  Open Adobe Digital Editions.

5.  When prompted, enter the email address and password used to create your Adobe account. (See Getting Started for instructions on creating a free Adobe account.)

6.  Click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

 

Step 2: Finding the eBook in either EBSCOhost or ebrary:

1.  Sign into your EBSCOhost or ebrary account.  (See Getting Started for instructions on creating these free accounts.)

2.  Enter your search terms, or find the eBook you want to download.

3.  Follow instructions based on whether you are downloading from ebrary or EBSCOhost below.

 

Step 3a: Downloading ebrary eBooks:

1.  Click on the Download link displayed above the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in ebrary are not available for download.)

2.  You can choose to download a section of the book or a specified page range, up to 36 pages (in PDF format).  To download the entire book, choose the third option Download the entire document for 14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format.

3.  Click on OK.

4.  If prompted, choose to open the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions; if nothing happens, make sure you have this program installed as described in Step 1 above.

5.  Adobe Digital Editions will launch and automatically open the eBook. You may continue reading the eBook on your computer.

 

Step 3b: Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks:

1.  Click on the Download This eBook (Offline) link displayed on the left side of the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in EBSCOhost are not available for download.)

2.  eBooks can be borrowed for up to 7 days; if you would prefer a shorter check out period, you can change this by using the Checkout Period (in days) field.  Note: Deleting an eBook from your device will not check the book back in for use by others, so be considerate when choosing your checkout time.

3.  Click on the yellow button labeled Checkout & Download from the pop-up box.

4.  If prompted, choose to open the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions; if nothing happens, make sure you have this program installed as described in Step 1 above.

5.  Adobe Digital Editions will launch and automatically open the eBook. You may continue reading the eBook on your computer.

License

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Downloading eBooks LibGuide by Kate Moore is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Specific instructions for downloading eBooks is based on the Central Rappahannock Regional Library's "Steps for Transferring EBSCOhost eBooks" at http://www.librarypoint.org/sites/all/files/documents/transferring_ebsco_ebooks.pdf.