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Burritt Library subscribes to a number of E-book platforms, see what they are and how to read them here.

EBSCO eBooks Collection Fast Facts

  • In order to download eBooks for offline viewing, you will first need to sign up for a free myEBSCOhost account.
  • Adobe Digital Editions may be required to download certain titles for offline viewing.
  • For more information on how to search for books in EBSCO's eBook collection or for more information on your eBook viewing options, visit EBSCO's help page.

EBSCO eBook Collection Viewing Options

EBSCO has two different ways to read their eBook titles:

 

Online checkout:

Titles from EBSCO can be viewed online in smaller sections or chapters.  A title is automatically checked out when you choose to view the "PDF Full Text". The EBSCO online reader enables you to utilize the features that are associated with your myEBSCOhost account such as saving sections or pages, saving citation information, and using a built in dictionary.

Screenshot of an eBook in EBSCO's online reading environment

 

 

Offline checkout (download):

EBSCO eBooks are in .epub format. This format requires the download and use of Adobe Digital Editions.  In some cases, but not all, portions of the text can be converted to .pdf so you may read on your kindle, nook, or other device. For further information on Adobe Digital Editions and instructions for downloading to Kindle, visit EBSCO's help page.

You may download the eBook title for offline reading in a few steps:

  1. Choose the download button 
  2. You will be prompted to login to your myEBSCO account
  3. You will view the checkout page
  4. step 4: 
  5. Open downloaded title (an .ascm file) in Adobe Acrobat Editions

myEBSCOhost Account

Please Note: you must create this account to enable book downloads

 

To set up a myEBSCOhost account:

  1. Click "Sign In" on the toolbar in the top, right corner of the screen.
  2. From the Sign In Screen, click the Create a new Account link.
  3. The Create a New Account Screen appears with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Save Changes.
  4. If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session.
  5. If you have forgotten your password, you can submit your user name to retrieve your password.

Notes:

  • When you set up a personal account, we ask for your name, e-mail address, a unique login name, password, and password validation. This information is only used to identify you at log in so your searches are not viewed or used by anyone else. We do not share this information.
  • Items in your personal folder will automatically be discarded if you have not logged into the folder for an 18 month period. The exception to this policy is Page Composer. The web pages that you create in Page Composer and save to your personal folder are saved indefinitely.
  • Passwords should be five or more characters, with a mixture of upper and lower case letters and numbers, for example: PeterP301.
  • Due to EBSCO's privacy policy, we are unable to obtain and give out user ID and password information. You should record your user name and password immediately after you create it.

To reset your password:

  1. From the Sign In Screen, click "Forgot your password?", and a new screen appears.
  2. Enter your user name and click "Continue".
  3. You are prompted to answer the question you entered as a password hint.
  4. Enter your new password twice.
  5. Click "Continue". You are automatically logged in as a personal user based on your new password. You should note the new password so you can log in at a future session.

To retrieve your user name and password:

  1. From the Sign In Screen, click "Forgot your user name and password?", and a new screen appears.
  2. You are prompted to enter your first name, last name, and e-mail address. Click "Continue".
  3. The Reset your Password Screen appears with your user name displayed.
  4. You are prompted to answer the question you entered as a password hint. 
  5. Enter a new password twice.
  6. Click "Continue". You are automatically logged in as a personal user based on your new password. You should note the new password so you can log in at a future session.

If desired, when you sign in to myEBSCOhost, you can retrieve Preferences settings that you selected and saved in a previous session.

 

To Load Preferences from myEBSCOhost:

  1. From the Sign In Screen, enter your user name and password.
  2. Mark the "Load Preferences from myEBSCOhost" check box.
  3. Click the Login button. Any Preferences that you set during the session are replaced with your saved Preferences settings.

If your information has changed, you can update your myEBSCOhost account with the new information.

 

To update your myEBSCOhost account:

  1. Sign in to your personal myEBSCOhost folder by clicking "Sign In" on the toolbar in the top, right corner of the screen.
  2. Click the "Update My Account" link found in the personalized toolbar at the top of the screen
  3. Use the options on the page to update your account - such as change your e-mail address. Note: You cannot change your User Name.
  4. Click "Submit" to save your changes.
  5. A message is displayed confirming that your account has been updated.

Downloading eBooks from EBSCOhost

Kindle Fire Instructions for checking out and downloading EBSCO eBooks:

You will need the following:

  • Bluefire Reader App (Installed on your Kindle Fire)
  • An Adobe Digital Editions ID
  • A myEBSCOhost Account

Please note: You will only need to install BlueFire and create an Adobe Digital Editions ID once. After this has been done, you will only need to tap "Download" any time you wish to download and read an eBook on your device.

 

Install Bluefire Reader App:

Using your Kindle Fire’s web browser go to the following URL, and follow the steps to download and install the BlueFire Reader for Android on the Kindle Fire.

http://tinyurl.com/kindlebluefire

Please note: You will need to enable your device to allow installation of third party apps from the Settings menu before downloading and installing the Bluefire app.

 

Create an Adobe Digital Editions ID:

Use the following link to create and Adobe Digital Editions ID: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm?nf=1&nl=1&loc=en_us

Please note: You must authorize the BlueFire app with your Adobe Digital Edition ID before you can download an eBook to Bluefire.

To Authorize the App:

  1. Open the Bluefire app from your Kindle Fire's applications menu.
  2. Enter your Adobe ID and password in the fields provided.
  3. Click "Authorize".
  4. Your device is now authorized to read EBSCO eBooks.

 

Checkout and Download an eBook:

Once you have located an eBook you wish to download to your device, use the following steps to download it:

Use your Kindle Fire's web browser to run a search on EBSCOhost or EBSCOhost Mobile and tap an eBook image in the result list for the eBook you would like to download.

  1. The detailed record is displayed.
  2. Tap the "Download (Offline)" link for the eBook you would like to download.
  3. If you are not logged into your personal myEBSCOhost folder, you are prompted to do so.
  4. Select a check-out period from the drop-down menu, and click the "Checkout & Download" button.
  5. The eBook is added to the check-out area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.
  6. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading the eBook.
  7. You may now begin reading the eBook on your Kindle.

Note: After your eBook checkout expires, the eBook file will still be on your device, but cannot be opened. You must remove the file manually by opening BlueFire and selecting to remove it from your library.

Instructions for checking out and downloading EBSCO eBooks:

Please note: Your device must be running iOS 3.2 or higher.

You will need the following:

  • Bluefire Reading App (Installed on your device)
  • An Adobe Digital Editions ID
  • A myEBSCOhost Account

 

Install the Bluefire Reading App:

Install the Bluefire Reader Version 1.2 onto your device. Bluefire is available for free from iTunes at the following link: Bluefire Reader via iTunes

 

Create an Adobe Digital Editions ID:

Create an Adobe Digital Editions ID at the following link: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm?nf=1&nl=1&loc=en_us

Please note: Before downloading an eBook, you must authorize the Bluefire app with your Adobe ID.

 

Checkout and Download an eBook:

Use the Safari browser on your device to access EBSCO eBooks and locate an eBook you would like to download to the device.

To download an eBook:

  1. Click the :Download (Offline)" link for the eBook you would like to download.
  2. If you are not logged into your myEBSCOhost folder, you will be prompted to do so.
  3. Select a check-out period from the drop-down menu, and click the "Checkout & Download" button.
  4. The eBook will be added to the check-outs area of the folder.
  5. When prompted, click to open the eBook with the BlueFire app.
  6. The BlueFire app opens and begins downloading the book.
  7. After the eBook is finished downloading, select "Read Later" or "Read Now" to open your eBook and begin reading.

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