eBook titles can be searched through VitCat, our library catalog, or directly through the EBSCO eBook database or the ebrary database. To access eBooks through VitCat you can click on the View Now button. You can choose to read the eBook from your computer with no additional steps involved or you can download to your computer. The following instructions are for downloading eBooks to your computer or mobile device.
1. Download Adobe Digital Editions from http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html. You will need this free software to store and view the eBooks you download from EBSCOhost. You only have to do this step the first time you download an eBook from EBSCO.
- Click Download Now and click on Macintosh or Windows.
- Click on Macintosh or Windows and follow installation instructions.
- After completing and closing out of the the installation screen, the Adobe Digital Editions window will display. All future eBook downloads will be stored in this folder.
2. Sign up for an Adobe ID. You will need to authorize access to the eBooks you either download from EBSCOhost or transfer to a mobile device. You only have to do this once.
- Go to http://www.adobe.com/.
- Click the Sign In link at the top right-hand side of the page.
- Click the Don’t have an Adobe ID link.
- Create an Adobe ID with your email and a password.
3. Create a myEBSCOhost account. You do not need to create an account to view eBooks, just to download or check out eBooks. To do this, search for a title in the EBSCOhost eBook collection
4. Click Download offline.
5. Sign in to your myEBSCOhost account or create a new account if you don’t have one.
6. Click on Checkout & Download. The default checkout time is 7 days. To change the checkout time, click on the dropdown box. Downloading restrictions for the collections and publishers within those collections will vary. Not all ebooks in EBSCOhost may be available for download.
7. You should now be prompted to open the file with Adobe Digital Editions. (If it doesn’t launch, skip to step 8). Click OK. The first time Adobe is launched, you’ll be prompted for your Adobe login (email address) and password.
8. If Adobe Digital Editions doesn’t immediately launch, click on the eBook link in your system tray (downloads).
9. Enter your Adobe login (email) and password. Click Authorize.
10. Your eBook will now be available in your Adobe Digital Editions folder. While your EBSCO eBooks folder is accessible from any computer, Adobe Digital Editions needs to be downloaded to the computer where you’re reading your eBooks. If you switch computers, you’ll need to download the software and locate your eBooks again. You cannot return a checked out eBook before its due date. When the lending period expires, you will no longer have access to the eBook from your computer or your device.
EBSCO eBooks and your mobile device
You can view EBSCO eBooks on your mobile device the same as articles using EBSCOhost’s mobile app. You can download the EBSCOhost mobile app for ios devices or for Android devices . Make sure to authenticate the app. You can check out and download directly to your computer, but to access eBooks on your mobile device you will have to download to your computer first, then transfer to your mobile device. You’ll need both a My EBSCOhost account and Adobe Digital Editions on your computer (see above) to transfer to a mobile device.
Compatible mobile devices include the Nook, Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600, 700 and 900), COOL-ER and many smart phones. Here is the complete list
Transferring eBooks to a wireless mobile device
- Open your downloaded EBSCO eBook in Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. 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.
- Connect your portable device to your computer.
- Adobe Digital Editions 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.
- 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.
You can now transfer eBooks from Adobe Digital Editions on your computer to your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Android device using the BlueFire Reader.
- Install the free Bluefire Reader app for iOS or for Android (including Kindle Fire) on your device.
- Open the Bluefire app from your device applications menu. Enter your Adobe login (email) and password. Choose Authorize. If you don’t already have an Adobe ID, you can get one for free by tapping the link that reads “Get a Free Adobe ID”. Once you’ve entered your Adobe ID, tap Continue to authorize your reader.
- If you already have downloaded eBooks to Adobe you can now open your downloaded EBSCO eBook in Adobe Digital Editions and skip to step 9. If you need to locate an eBook at this point, you can locate an eBook by conducting a new search in VitCat or through the EBSCOhost ebook collection.
- If downloading through EBSCO, Choose Download Offline to download the eBook.
- You will need a myEBSCOhost account to download and will now be prompted to log into your my EBSCO account. If you don’t have an account, click on Create New Account and follow instructions.
- Select a checkout period from the dropdown menu and choose the Checkout and Download button.
- The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your myEBSCOhost folder and should begin to download.
- Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading your eBook.
- eBooks cannot be returned before the due date. After the eBook checkout expires, the eBook file will still be on your device but cannot be opened. You must remove the file manually by opening Bluefire and selecting to remove it from your library.