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Using eBooks at the Blume Library

This guide provides step-by-step tips to find and use eBooks, particularly EBSCO eBooks. Includes tips on how to download an eBook to your computer and transfer to an eReader. Also includes links to free eBooks online.

Check Out and Download EBSCO eBooks

Flickr picture entitled The future of books The Blume Library purchases most of our eBooks via EBSCO eBooks. You can find our EBSCO eBooks via Discover or directly via EBSCO eBooks.  

Basic steps for checking out and downloading a book to your computer.

You may want to watch this EBSCO video on downloading eBooks.

  1. Search Discover or EBSCO eBooks and locate a book you want to check out.
  2. Click on the PDF Full Text and/or EPUB Full Text link to pull up the book.  
  3. Click on the eBook's Download link (on the right side of the screen on the eBook page). 
  4. You will see the message:
    "Please sign in to your My EBSCOhost account to check availability and download" if you are not already signed in with your MyEBSCOhost account.
    • To Create an MyEBSCOhost Account: Complete a short form to choose your personal username and password.  Remember this login information; you will need it to download eBooks.
  5. You will see a pop-up box asking you to "Checkout & Download" the title you selected.  
    • Adobe Digital Editions: You will need to have or install the free Adobe Digital Editions software to download a book to your computer.  
    • Adobe ID: You may need to create an Adobe ID if you do not already have one. 
  6. You will see a pop-up box with the message "This eBook was checked out successfully." 
  7. You will see a dialog box asking if you want to "Open with Adobe Digital Edition" or "Save File".  If you choose "Open with", you will bring up the book in Adobe Digital Editions.  If you select "Save File", the file will be saved to your computer. You can read it later.
  8. Find the Adobe Digital Editions program on your computer.  Open the program to read the book you checked out.
  9. eBooks are only available during the limited checkout period.

Look at eReader Tips if you want to transfer an eBook to your mobile device. 

image: "The future of books" by Johann Larsson on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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