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About Full Ebook Downloads

Users have always been able to download passages of a book as a non-protected PDF file from EBSCO DIscovery and EBSCO eBooks, usually 60 pages or less, but could be more or less depending on the publisher.  In addition to this functionality, there is an option to download a book completely for ebooks provided by EBSCO.

This all-in-one checkout-style download will require, for most books, using the official EBSCO app on your iOS or Android device or with Adobe Digital Editions when using a desktop or laptop (Windows or Mac) computer.

Note that a subset of book publishers allow downloading of ebooks as a single PDF or EPUB file without requiring My EBSCO or the Adobe or EBSCO apps.  You will see the options available to you after clicking the Download link. Additionally, some publishers do not allow full downloads at all. For these books, there simply isn't a Download link for them. 

Downloading on a PC or Mac

The rest of this F.A.Q. will summarize how to download an ebook from EBSCO using a PC or Mac. There is also further support documentation provided by EBSCO that goes into detail linked to below.  

First, before starting, download Adobe Digital Editions. 

Once you find a book title you want to download in either EBSCO Discovery Service or in EBSCO eBooks directly, follow these steps on your PC or Mac to download:

  • Click the Download button. The Download button is usually next to the Access Now (eBook) button. 
  • You should see a Download eBook (Borrow) prompt. From the dropdown menu, select the duration you want to check out the title. For some titles, you can select your preferred format (PDF or EPUB). Verify you have Adobe Digital Editions installed (and install if you don't), then click Full Download.

EBSCO full ebook download options window

  • Choose the location to download the book file. 
  • Open the downloaded ebook file. It should open Adobe Digital Editions, which will be the ebook reader for any digitally borrowed ebooks. You can also use Adobe Digital Editions to open borrowed ebooks from ProQuest eBook Central. 

Mobile Device Downloads

You can also access and borrow titles using the EBSCO mobile app on iOS and Android.  For these devices, after logging into the EBSCO Mobile app by searching for Purdue Global and then using your credentials to log in, you should be able to search for and view or download book titles within the app. 

This article is just a summary of access options.  For more help, see the links and video below.

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