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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

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. 

Screenshot of full download button

2. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.

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 Full Download button.

The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from 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.

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.

E-books and the MyEBSCOhost folder

E-books and the MyEBSCOhost folder

eBooks may appear in the folder in three areas.

eBooks: When a user adds an eBook to their folder, information about the eBook appears in the eBooks area of the folder, without the eBook being checked out. eBooks may be added to the folder by clicking on the folder icon in the Result List or Detailed Record.

Holds: When a hold is placed on an eBook that is in use by another patron, it is added to the Holds area. Holds must be enabled by your library to place a hold on an eBook.

Checkouts: When an eBook is checked out, it is added to the Checkouts area of the folder. If you have not yet downloaded the eBook, it can be accessed and downloaded from here.

Creating notes on e-books

Creating notes on e-books

The Notetaking feature assists with your research by allowing you to take notes on eBooks and save them to your My EBSCOhost folder for later viewing.

The Notetaking feature is available on both PDF and EPUB format eBooks.

To use the Notetaking feature in EBSCOhost:

  1. In the eBook Viewer, click My Notes at the top of the column on the left.

  2. Click the + New Note button that appears in the Notes area. If there are existing notes, they appear in a list in the Notes area.

    Note: Click the Sign In link in the top toolbar to save your note to your personal My EBSCOhost folder account.

  3. Enter your note text in the field provided and click the Save button. You can adjust how the text appears in your note using the Bold, Italics, and Underline buttons above the text field.

  4. You can sort your saved notes by Date or the Page number on which they appear.

  5. Click a note in the list to reveal the available options for the note.

    • Click the Book icon to view the eBook page the note is saved on.

    • Click the Pencil icon to edit the note text.

    • Click the Printer icon to print the note.

    • Click the Trashcan icon to remove the note.

  6. Click Contents at the top of the column to return to the Table of Contents

Creating a profile

To create a profile on EBSCOhost, click on Sign in and then Create one now

Screenshot showing sign in button for EBSCOHost

Screenshot showing create account for EBSCOhost