EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. eBooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.
EBSCO eBooks offer a number of advantages over their print counterparts. Users can:
In order to download EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.
Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available at this link:
For Adobe Acrobat Reader Browser Requirements and settings for all supported browsers, click here.
For general browser requirements for the EBSCO Discovery Service interface, click here.
Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and older are not compatible with eBooks in EPUB format. To view an EPUB format eBook, we recommended these browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 or later.
EBSCO eBooks are compatible with:
This tutorial demonstrates how to read EBSCO eBooks in EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service online using your browser.
This tutorial demonstrates how to download eBooks and transfer them to a compatible eReader device with Adobe Digital Editions.
This tutorial demonstrates how to download EBSCO eBooks to your mobile device and read them using the free Adobe Digital Editions app.
This tutorial demonstrates how to download and read eBooks on the EBSCO mobile app.
EBSCO’s online eBook viewers supports reading on desktop or laptop computers and tablet devices. Our reader is browser-based, so there’s no need to download special software or hardware; users simply search, click and immediately start reading.
EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.
EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.
To learn more about EPUB format and the difference between EPUB and PDF format, see the following FAQs:
In order to download EBSCO eBooks to your computer or your portable device to read with the Adobe Digital Editions mobile app, you must create a personal MyEBSCO folder.
To create a personal account:
To checkout and download eBooks to your computer:
To learn more, see Checking out and Downloading EBSCO eBooks on EBSCO Help.
Depending on publisher-specified limits, up to 100 pages of an EBSCO eBook can be printed, saved or emailed as a PDF file (per user) from within the eBook viewers to be printed at a later time.
To learn how to save, print, or email eBook Chapters, see:
EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.
Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.
To check for an EBSCO eBook that includes Unlimited Access, find an eBook of interest and navigate to the Detailed Record.
The Detail Record contains the license information, displaying either Limited Access (1 or 3 copies available) or Unlimited Access.
For limited access titles, you may still save and use PDF chapters in your class. However, if you’d like to link to the title or make the title available for everyone to view online or download at the same time, you’ll want to make sure the title has an Unlimited User Access.
EBSCO eBooks can be used in the classroom or as a part of your course syllabus. Using e-books available from the library can be cost effective use of student textbook funds, particularly if the book is not something students intend to keep long-term, or if you’re only assigning a chapter or section of the work.
Using EBSCO eBooks provides some advantages over print books in addition to cost-savings. Students can:
To learn more, see: eBook Basics: Using EBSCO eBooks in the Classroom on the EBSCO Support Site.