Answered By: eTeam Support
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 82

Most ebooks available from the library's EBSCO databases can be downloaded and read offline on your computer or mobile device.

These databases include Discover @ Georgia Southern, the eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO), the eBook Community College Collection (EBSCO), the eBook High School Collection (EBSCO), the eBook K-8 Collection (EBSCO), the eBook Public Library Collection (EBSCO), and the eBooks on EBSCOhost collection.

See the following sections for how to download and read EBSCO ebooks on your device:

 

Download and Read Ebooks on Your Computer

To download and read EBSCO ebooks on you computer, follow the instructions below.

 

A. Create an Adobe ID

If you don't have one already create an Adobe ID on Adobe's website.

Please note, Adobe IDs are not associated with your MyGS username and password; you must create a unique username and password when you create your account. Be sure to write down your username and password for future use.

 

B. Download and Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on Your Computer

You must have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 1.7.1 or higher installed on your computer and your computer must be authorized to open ebooks using ADE. Download ADE for free from Adobe here:

http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html

When installing ADE, do not change any default settings.

After you install ADE, you will need to authorize your computer to download ebooks and use ADE to open them.

If you aren't prompted to authorize ADE the first time you open it, go to Help Authorize Computer in ADE to start the process manually. Enter your Adobe ID and password as prompted.

Screenshot showing the authorization window for ADE

Click Authorize. Your computer is now authorized to download and open ebooks using ADE.

 

C. Create a Personal MyEBSCOhost Account

If you don't have one already, you will need to create a personal MyEBSCOhost account. 

To create a MyEBSCOhost account, see EBSCO's article for How to Create a My EBSCOhost Account and complete the instructions by clicking Sign In in the top menu in the Academic Search Complete database.

Please note, MyEBSCOhost accounts are not associated with your MyGS username and password; you must create a unique username and password when you create your MyEBSCOhost account. Be sure to write down your username and password for future use.

 

D. Download and Read an Ebook

Once you have completed the steps above, you are ready to download and read EBSCO ebooks on your computer. When you have identified an ebook to download in an EBSCO database, follow these instructions:

 

1. For the book you want to download, click Download (Offline). If you are not already logged into your My EBSCOhost account, you will be prompted to log in.

downloading an ebook

 

2. Select a Checkout Period from the drop-down menu, then click Checkout & Download.

For some titles, you may see the option to select either the PDF or ePub format. The library recommends that you select ePub format where available.

select ebook format

The eBook will be added to the Checkout area of your My EBSCOhost account folder, which is accessible in the upper right-hand corner of the database interface.

 

3. Select to Open or Save the file in the resulting dialog box. If you Open the file, the ebook will open in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). If you Save the file, the ebook will be saved to your computer and can be opened with ADE at a later time.

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 Save to open it later. If given the option, select for files of this type to always open in ADE.

If you receive the error message, E_AUTH_BAD_DEVICE_KEY_OR_PKCS12, you may need to type ctrl-shift-D while in ADE (cmd-shift-D if on Mac), then restart ADE and reauthorize your computer using your Adobe ID.

If you have any questions, please contact the Information Services Desk at (912)478-5645.

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Download and Read EBSCO Ebooks on Your Mobile Device

To download and read ebooks using EBSCO's eBooks Apps, you will need to create a personal MyEBSCOhost account. 

To create a MyEBSCOhost account, see EBSCO's article for How to Create a My EBSCOhost Account and complete the instructions by clicking Sign In in the top menu in the Academic Search Complete database.

Please note, MyEBSCOhost accounts are not associated with your MyGS username and password; you must create a unique username and password when you create your MyEBSCOhost account. Be sure to write down your username and password for future use.

Once you have created your personal account, see the EBSCO eBooks App User Guide for instructions on how to download and use the appropriate app for your mobile device. If you have any questions, contact the Information Services Desk at (912)478-5645.

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