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Ebooks: Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)

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Helpful guide from ProQuest

Downloading Ebook Central chapters - this works with Kindles

Most books in ebrary can be downloaded to a device. If it is downloadable, there will be a  tab on the toolbar. Click on that. You can choose to download a book chapter by chapter--in pdf format--or you can download the entire book. If you wish to download the entire book, you must first install Adobe Digital Editions to your desktop or laptop computer. Follow these instructions when downloading a book to a mobile device:

Creating Chapter and Page Range Image PDFs

You may create image PDFs of specific chapters and page ranges, up to the same limits as for printing.

To create an image PDF of a chapter:

  1. Click on the Chapter Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the Current Chapter and desired citation style. Click Continue
  3. Click Open PDF

To create an image PDF of a page range:

  1. Click on the Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
  2. Enter the desired page range and citation style. Click Continue.
  3. Click Open PDF.

You may open, read, and print the chapter or page range in any PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader. You may also transfer the file to other devices including Amazon Kindle. Note: Additional functionality such as selecting text, searching, highlighting, or taking notes won't be available.

Image PDF files don't expire.

Downloading entire documents from Ebook Central with Adobe Digital Editions - this doesn't work with Kindles

Downloading Entire Documents for use with Adobe Digital Editions

You may download up to 10 entire documents at a time using Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program for Windows and Mac, for up to 14 days.

To install and activate Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Follow the instructions for installation and activation.

To download an entire document to your computer:

  1. Click on the Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the option to Download the entire document.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Choose whether to Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later.
  5. Click OK.

You may open the document with Adobe Digital Editions and utilize features including organizing the library, using bookshelves, transferring documents to supported devices, navigating documents, searching text, creating bookmarks, printing, returning the document early, and more. Note: Any notes or highlights created in Adobe Digital Editions won't be synced with your online bookshelf.

To transfer document(s) to an eReader:

  1. Connect your supported device to your computer and launch Adobe Digital Editions. You may be prompted to create or enter your Adobe ID.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
  3. The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded document(s) you wish to transfer.

To transfer document(s) to an iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad):

  1. Download a compatible reading app (such as Bluefire Reader) from the App Store onto your iOS device.
  2. Connect your device to your computer, open iTunes, and sync your device.
  3. Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to File Sharing.
  4. Click on Add, navigate to your My Digital Editionsfolder, and select the PDF file(s) of the document(s) you'd like to transfer. Make sure you don't select the .acsm file(s).
  5. Re-sync your device.

You should now be able to read the document on your iOS device. You may need to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.

To return a document early:

  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the arrow icon on the document you wish to return early.
  2. Select Returned Borrowed Item.
  3. Click OK.
  4. You may also wish to Delete Item from your library by clicking on the same arrow.

Documents that are downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions automatically expire at the end of the pre-designated period and are rendered unusable.

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Printing Ebook Central ebooks

To print, look for the limit within each book title under Available for Online Reading. The system will indicate how many pages you are allowed to print or download.

You can print up to 60 pages at a time, but the number depends on what the specific publisher has set.

eBook Search Express

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