EBSCO eBooks can be searched in the EBSCO eBook collection or are available through the library catalog.
eBooks can be read online in the eBook Viewer by clicking the eBook Full Text link in the result or detailed record. No download is necessary to use the eBook Viewer. The eBook Viewer works directly with your browser and has its own navigation tools to search within a book, print pages, create notes, etc.
Note: If you are using a Mac, you may need to install Schubert|it, a PDF Browser plug-in, to use the eBook Viewer properly.
When eBooks are read online, they are "checked-out" for a period of time that typically expires after 30 minutes of inactivity. While reading eBooks online, you can prevent the reading session from expiring by any action that updates the eBook (e.g. turning the page, etc.) eBooks that are read online are considered "checked-out" and may not be available to other users until your online reading session has ended.
In order to download eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher installed on your computer. This is a free download available at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/. The Bluefire reader is also available for Apple device users.
1. Click the Download (Offline) link for the eBook you would like to download.
2. Sign in to your EBSCOHost account. If you don’t have an account, click on Create a New Account in the upper right.
3. After you’ve signed in, you’ll be prompted to checkout and download the ebook. Click the Checkout & Download button.
4. Select Open with or Save File from the resulting dialog box.
If you select Open with, your eBook is opened with Adobe Digital Editions. If you select Save file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions at a later time.
5. When the download is complete, Adobe Digital Editions will launch, and you can begin reading your book.
Most eBooks can be checked out/downloaded for offline use for 7 days.
Even if the download is unsuccessful, the book is checked out at this point and reserved for your use for the duration of the checkout period. If there is a problem with the download, you can find the book in your Checkouts folder and try again.
eBooks can be downloaded and read using an Apple iPad using the Bluefire reading app available for free from iTunes. For more information, please see http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?topic=996&id=5748&page=1
EBSCOhost eBooks are compatible with for the following eBook Readers:
- Sony eReader Touch Edition
- Barnes & Noble Nook
- All eBook Readers supporting the Adobe eBook DRM. DRM is a standard used by most popular eBook providers, including Google Play. A complete list of Adobe eBook DRM compatible devices and apps is available here.
EBSCOhost eBooks are compatible with the following mobile apps:
- Bluefire Reader apps for iOS and Android devices
- Aldiko app for Android devices
- Txtr app for iPhone and Android devices
- All apps supporting the Adobe eBook DRM.
You can copy selections of a book you've checked out or downloaded, and paste it into a text editor, such as Microsoft Word. Please note you are still required to adhere to Fair Use and Copyright laws. Under Fair Use, you may copy a small part of the copyrighted book, not the entire work.
If the text you wish to copy is spread across more than one page, you will need to copy and paste each page separately.
You can usually print up to 60 pages at a time per eBook in the eBook Viewer or in Adobe Digital Editions for downloaded books.
- The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
- Some titles may not allow for printing due to individual publisher-specified limits.
While library eBooks from other providers may be used by more than one user, EBSCO eBooks can only be used by one user at a time.
If an eBook in use by another user, you may place a hold on it to download when it becomes available. Enter your email address in the field provided and click the Place Hold button.
The eBook is placed in the Holds area of your My EBSCOhost Folder. When the eBook is available, you are notified via the email address you provided and the eBook appears in the Checkouts area of your folder.
You can take notes--using the Bookmark function--on an EBSCO eBook in the downloaded Adobe Digital Editions reader, but notes taken there are only maintained during the days you have the book downloaded. They are not permanent.
If you want to take notes that will remain available, use the note-taking function online in the eViewer. After logging in to your EBSCO account, find the section of the book you want to notate; click the Create Note icon on the right-hand side of the screen. Any note you make will be maintained under Notes in the Checkouts section of your account, along with links back to the relevant ebooks.
From the results list, click on the title of the eBook you wish to export. This will take you to the eBook's detailed record. In the detailed record, click Export in the right-hand column. The RefWorks login screen should open up. Once it opens, enter your login name and password. Note: If you are off-campus, you will need to put in our group code (RWUSanFrancisco).
Search the EBSCO support database or contact a librarian by going to Ask a Librarian.