How to open downloaded EBSCO eBooks

You have access to a range of eBooks using the EBSCO platform, but the process for getting these books open on your computer or eBook reader is not straightforward.  Here’s what you need to know.

1. You need to download Adobe Digital Editions to view these books.  Adobe Digital Editions supports both EPUB and PDF/A formats.

2. Sign into your EBSCO account.  If you do not have one, you will need to create one to check out an eBook.

3. Click “Download this eBook (offline)” to begin the process of making this book available.  If you prefer, you can select “eBook full text” to read the book immediately using the EBSCO reading platform.

4. Choose the number of days for which you would like to check out the book (from 1 to 7), then click “Checkout and Download”.

5. You will see a message like “You have chosen to open URLLink.acsm which is a: acsm file.”  Don’t worry–the .acsm is the checkout link, not the format of the book (which will be PDF in most cases).  Select “Open with” and locate Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.  Then click “OK.”  The book should then download and open on your screen.

To transfer the book to your eBook reader, you will need to connect your reader to your computer and transfer the file.  Some compatible readers are listed here.  You can also download EBSCO’s mobile app or a program like Bluefire if you want to read these books on your smartphone (iPhone or Android).  At this time, Adobe Digital Editions are not compatible with the Amazon Kindle.


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