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eBook help: EBSCO eBook help

EBSCO eBooks

Does your eBook look like this? This is a screenshot of an EBSCO eBook. Use this page to learn how to work with EBSCO eBooks.


eBooks at EBSCO features

• Direct links to full-text eBooks
• Notetaking capabilities
• Copy & paste functionality (when available)
• Printing
• Emailing
• Citation exports
• Bookmarking
• Web-based interface—no reader or hardware required
• Offline downloading & reading

eBooks on EBSCO formats

When downloading EBSCO eBooks, you may see the ability to download eBooks in either PDF or ePUB format for some titles.

  • ePUB is an open eBook standard and file format that allows you to increase the size of the font, enabling you to optimize the viewing experience on desktop computers, smart phones, and tablets.

  • PDF does not allow you to adjust the text size on these devices.

Additional EBSCO eBook support

EBSCO eBooks App

The new EBSCO eBooks app supports the complete EBSCO eBooks experience, allowing you to discover eBooks in your institution's collection, download them to your device, and begin reading immediately, all within the app.

To learn more, read the EBSCO eBooks app FAQ or download the Quick Start guide

Watch a video tutorial on using the EBSCO eBook app.

Downloading an EBSCO eBook

Downloading an eBook

You may choose to download an eBook to your computer and read it offline at a later time. Watch a video tutorial on downloading EBSCO eBooks.

Adobe® Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher is required for offline viewing. This free software can be downloaded from this link.

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.


  • 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.

  • When downloading an eBook using the Chrome browser, the download will not automatically open but appears in the download bar at the bottom of the browser as URLLink.acsm. Click the download in the bar and select Open to open the eBook or select Always open files of this type to automatically open future EBSCO eBooks downloads in ADE.