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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.

Step 1: EBSCOhost ebook detailed record

The Library's ebooks are provided by EBSCOhost and EbookCentral. Both types of ebooks may be downloaded for offline reading but have different requirements for this purpose. In order to download EBSCOhost ebooks for offine reading you will need to create a "My EBSCOhost" account.

EBSCOhost ebooks have distinctly identifiable records in the Library Catalog. 

The catalog record for the ebook entitled An Introduction to Classroom Observation by E. C. Wragg is displayed above.
When you click on the View eBook link the detailed EBSCOhost record for this book will open for reading and downloading.

Step 2: Create a "My EBSCOhost" account and an Adobe ID

In order to download an EBSCOhost ebook two initial set-up procedures are required. First, you must sign into to your  "My EBSCOhost" account.  Second, you will also need to create an Adobe ID if you don't already have one.

Step 3: Downloading the ebook

  1. Click the PDF Full Text icon for the eBook you would like to download


    If you are not logged into My EBSCOhost, you will be prompted to do so.

    Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and confirm that you have Adobe® Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed.

    Note: For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format for an eBook.

    Click the Download button.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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