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Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for downloading EBSCOhost ebooks to various mobile devices for offline reading.

Downloading the ebook

Full download of the ebook in the EPUB format may be read on your desktop or mobile device. 

You will need Adobe® Digital Editions to read the Full Download version on your desktop.


Remember, you must be logged in to Ebsco and to Adobe® Digital Editions to download the full ebook.

Select a the number of days you wish to Borrow the book from the drop-down menu. Based on publisher specifications, the types of downloads allowed will be shown.  Any download that is not available will be grayed out.

Click the Download button.

The eBook is added to the Checkout area of your folder, accessible in the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.





  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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