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eBooks: Finding & Downloading: Ebsco eBooks

Instructions for retrieving and downloading ebooks from the library resources available to Hofstra students and faculty.

Finding Ebsco eBooks

Many Ebsco eBooks are downloadable. You can find available eBooks by using OneSearch, which is searchable from the Library's home page (  Ebsco eBooks can be searched directly on the Ebsco eBook site as well.

PLEASE NOTE: Some web browsers are known to have a hard time recognizing script components in certain eBooks. Because of this, you will need to go through a "load unsafe scripts" protocol. Videos are available to illustrate how to correct this issue in FirefoxChrome & Internet Explorer browsers.

How to Download Ebsco eBooks on a mobile device

Ebsco has developed an app you can install in order to download/read eBooks on your mobile device.  Please see this page: for more information and instructions.  You can also view the quick start guide below:

How to Download Ebsco eBooks on a Desktop Computer

Ebsco eBooks can be read directly from the Ebsco database in your browser window.  If you wish to check-out and download a copy of the ebook to your computer to be able to read offline, you can often do so as well.  Please be aware that not all eBooks are downloadable.  If you do not see the link/button to "Download (Offline)" then the eBook cannot be downloaded.  If you do see that option, here's how to download the eBook:

Note: 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

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.

Possible Errors

  • 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.



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