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Download eBooks from EBSCO: Downloading from EBSCO eBooks

Downloading from EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks offers 2 ways for you to view and read e-books:

  • Online within the web browser
  • Downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions

Downloading an entire book is a bit tricky the first time. Here are step-by-step instructions to help guide you. Although there are several steps to this process, many occur in rapid succession, so we hope the sheer number of steps won't deter you from trying out these instructions. Our librarians are happy to help you through this process, too!


1. Once you choose your e-book, click the "Download This eBook (Offline)" button. 


2. In order to download a book, you need to create an EBSCO account or sign in to an exisiting account. You don't need an account if you plan to just read the books online in a Web browser. 


3. After you have created an account, you will be logged into MyEBSCO. You will be prompted to Checkout & Download. 


4. After you Checkout & Download, you will receive a message confirming the download. To read a downloaded e-book, you need to download Adobe Digital Editions. Click on the Adobe Digital Editions link within the message box.


5. At the Adobe Digital Editions site, click "Download Now."


6. After you click "Download Now," you can select to download to a Mac or Windows. 


7. Select the setup file from your computer. Select “Run” and “Yes” in the next two menus. 


8. Next, read and agree to the license terms. 


9. Select the components that you want.


10. Select the destination folder and click “Install.”


11. Click “Close” to complete the installation.


12. In order to download and read e-books, you need both an EBSCO and an Adobe account. Let's create an Adobe account.  Select "Get an Adobe ID online". Fill in all of the requested details, and then click on the "Join Adobe" link. 


13. Enter your username and password in Adobe Digital Editions and click “Sign Up.” Success! You've activated Adobe Digital Editions. 


14. Now you can open the e-book you downloaded. Select “Add to Library” from the File menu in Adobe Digital Editions. Select the downloaded e-book file from your computer. You may have to select “Adobe Content Server Message” file type from the dropdown menu to see the downloaded e-book


15. And you're done! (Whew.) The e-book you selected should now appear in Digital Editions.


One final note: Through Adobe Digital Editions, e-books may be moved to various e-book readers and devices. Unfortunately, despite having accounts with both EBSCO and Adobe, e-books do NOT sync across computers. So if you download a book onto one computer using Digital Editions, you won't be able to log into Adobe from another computer and access the book. We recommend downloading e-books onto personal devices - rather than university or company devices - if you plan to use a book for multiple days.


NOTE: These instructions were adapted from those created by R. W. Bivens-Tatum of Princeton University Library and further adapted by Angie Thorpe of Indiana University Kokomo. Our thanks for their efforts to document these steps.

E-mail PDFs

EBSCO eBook users can e-mail up to 60 pages of a book into a permanent PDF file, or you may download an entire e-book using Adobe Digital Editions.

E-mailed PDFs seem to load onto most e-book readers using the Bluefire Reader app on Apple and Android and the Adobe Reader app on Kindle.

To e-mail a PDF from EBSCO eBooks, select the e-mail icon from the menu on the right side of the screen, enter your e-mail address, and click “Send.”

Need Help?

If you need assistance, Ask a Librarian!

The reference desk is located on the first floor of Farley library.  You can stop by, call, email, text, or chat with the reference department.  You can also make an appointment for an extended research consultation.

Fall 2020 Reference Hours
Monday-Wednesday 10am - 5pm, 6pm - 9pm EST
Thursday-Friday 10am - 5pm EST
Saturday-Sunday Closed
If you need assistance outside of these hours, please email ask.librarian@wilkes.edu, leave a voicemail at the reference desk (570)408-3214, or fill out the Ask a Question form, and a librarian will respond when the reference desk is open.