EBSCO ebook content is protected by "digital rights management" (DRM). DRM manages things such as how many people can access a single e-book, how much can be printed, copied, or saved, and the off-line reading (downloading) function. EBSCO uses the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to manage DRM for e-books that are downloaded. Consequently, you will need to use a device that works with ADE or (for desktops, laptops, netbooks) install ADE on the device.
EBSCO identifies some devices that work with the ADE: Barnes & Nobel NOOK; Sony Reader Daily Edition; Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600, and 700BC); iPad (works with third-party applications: Bluefire and Txtr). A long list of Digital Editions Supported devices is available from Adobe. NOTE: The Kindle uses a proprietary interface and does not work with Adobe DRM, and consequently EBSCO ebooks cannot be downloaded to a Kindle.
To download Adobe Digital Editions (at no cost) and/or set up your Adobe ID, do the following:
In order to download ebooks from EBSCO, you also have to have a personal account set up with EBSCO. If you do not have this account, do the following:
For an EBSCO e-book to be available for off-line use (downloadable) it must be in the PDF format. Most of the EBSCO e-books are in this format, but if an EBSCO e-book isn't available for downloading, either it’s not a PDF or it’s possible that EBSCO was unable to get those rights from the publisher.
Because Apple products do not work with Adobe Digital Editions, you need to download an app to use downloaded EBSCO e-books on iPhones, iPads, and iPad Minis.
This process assumes that the ebook has already been downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer, specifically a PC; but the general process should be the same for a Mac.
If you own an e-book reader (Nook or Sony Reder, for example) or other device that is compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, use this information to transfer an EBSCO ebook to this device. This process assumes that the e-book has already been downloaded to a computer.