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Help with e-book features

EBSCOhost: general information

The EBSCO help pages are available for detailed help and guidance on using EBSCO e-books. Please note that some of the display details will not match our Library pages, but the functions should be the same.

Downloading e-books

Downloading ebooks

In order to download eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. We recommend ensuring you have the most recent version of Digital Editions installed. This is available as a free download. Download Adobe Digital Editions 

To download an eBook:

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

Screen shot of ebook details with full download option highlighted

2. If you have not logged in to the Library, you will be prompted to do so. 

Screenshot of pop up box prompting sign in to library

3. 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.


4. Click the Download button.

5. The eBook is checked out and downloaded to your desktop computer or device. It will be stored in your folder, which is shown at the top right of the screen. Click on your folder, or my checkouts, to access the books you have checked out.

Screenshot of book details page with folder and my checkouts highlighted

6. When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe® Digital Editions.

7. eBooks that you download are checked out and added to the checkouts screen of the Dashboard. The expiration date of your checkout is displayed. 

Screen shot of Adobe digital editions dashboard accessed through folder


  • 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.

Downloading a DRM-Free ebook

Some EBSCO eBooks that may be offered by your institution do not have DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions. These eBooks do not require you to sign into My EBSCOhost to download them. In addition, no Adobe® ID or special software such as the Adobe Digital Editions reader app is necessary to download and read them.

DRM-Free EBSCO eBooks can be opened with Adobe® Acrobat or any software that supports PDF or EPUB files and there are no restrictions on printing, saving, or copying.

To download a DRM-Free eBook:

  1. Click the Download icon for the eBook you would like to download.

Screenshot of full download button

2.Select a Download Format (if available) and click the Full Download button.

3.Select to Open or Save the file from the resulting dialog box.

If you Open the file, PDF eBooks are opened with Adobe® Acrobat. EPUB eBooks will open with Adobe® Digital Editions (if installed).

If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe® Acrobat/Adobe® Digital Editions at a later time.

Creating notes on e-books

Using the ebook viewer

In the top toolbar of the eBook Viewer, you can click the Table of ContentsDetails, or Search Within icons.

  • Like - Click image.png to add the eBook to your Liked items in the Dashboard.

  • Cite - Click Cite icon to copy the eBook citation information formatted in the most widely used styles and paste it into the reference section of your document.

  • Share - Click Share icon to share the eBook to Google Drive or Google Classroom, copy a link to the record, or email the record from the Share window. 

  • Print - Click print icon to print eBook chapters or a custom range of pages or same them to your computer or device as PDFs.

  • Details - Click  to view the Detail information for the eBook, including:

    • Availability & Permissions displays the number of pages that can be printed or saved, whether copy/paste functionality is allowed, and whether the eBook can be downloaded to read offline. When printing/saving is allowed, the number of available pages is updated as you print or save eBook pages to your computer.

  • Table of Contents - Click  to view the Table of Contents for the eBook title you are reading in the right column. From the Table of Contents you can click IMG to download a chapter of the eBook.

  • Search Within - Click  to search for terms within the eBook.


Using the eBook Viewer Toolbar

When viewing eBooks in PDF format, the following options are available on the toolbar at the bottom of the viewer.

  • Page Navigation: Use the page navigation arrows to move up or down one page at a time or enter a page number in the field provided and click Go.

  • Zoom In: Click the icon to zoom in on the page.

  • Zoom Out: Click the icon to zoom out on the page.

  • Fit Page to Viewport: Click the icon to fit the entire page into the viewport.

Epub format

EPUB Format

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.

EPUB format eBooks use vertical scrolling to display the text of each chapter. Use the navigation arrows to change the chapter you are reading.

In cases when you are viewing an eBook in ePub format, the toolbar appears as shown.

  • Chapter Navigation: Use the navigation arrows to change the chapter or section of an eBook title you are reading. Contents of the chapter or section can be read using vertical scrolling.

  • Zoom In: Click the icon to display text in a larger font size.

  • Zoom Out: Click the icon to display the text in a smaller font size.

  • Fit Page to Viewport: Click the icon to fit the entire page into the viewport.


  • EPUB format is not compatible with Internet Explorer browsers 7 & 8. When trying to open an EPUB format eBook in IE 7 or 8, you are prompted to upgrade your browser to IE 9. For more info about EPUB, click here.

  • While the text-to-speech feature is not available in the eBook Viewer, you are able to save parts of an eBook in PDF format and use the Adobe Reader Read Aloud functionality to hear the eBook section read out loud.

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