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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 and Reading Ebsco eBooks

You can find available Ebsco eBooks by using OneSearch, which is available from the Library's home page (www.hofstra.edu/library). You can also search directly on the Ebsco eBook site.  Ebsco eBooks can be read directly in your browser window.  Many titles can also be checked out and downloaded to your PC or other device.

***Please be aware that not all Ebsco eBooks are downloadable.***
If you do not see the link/button to "Download (Offline)" then the eBook cannot be downloaded.

Some web browsers are known to have a hard time recognizing script components in certain eBooks. Because of this, you may 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 Desktop Computer

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 http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html.

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.

 

 

How to Download Ebsco eBooks on a mobile device (Android, Apple)

Ebsco has developed an app you can install in order to download/read eBooks on your mobile device.  Please click on the following link for more information and instructions:

The EBSCO eBooks App

How to Download eBooks on Kindle Fire

If you own a Kindle Fire, you can download and read Ebsco ebooks using Adobe Digital Editions and the Bluefire Reader app. Please click on the following link for detailed instructions:

How can I checkout and download an EBSCO eBook to a Kindle Fire

**NOTE:  This only applies to generations of Kindle Fire; no other Kindle iterations are supported.



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