Bank Street Library has three eBook subscriptions:
- EBSCOhost’s eBook Education Collection which is part of the Library’s new discovery service and can be accessed through the Search Everything option on the library’s homepage.
- The second is quite small and is simply called eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).
- And, the third is Ebook Central (ProQuest).
Finding eBooks is not particularly difficult but downloading and printing can be challenging. Each subscription has its own demands. This post is focused on EBSCOhost’s eBook Education Collection and how to go about downloading, and reading off-line. But, if all you want to do is read online do the following:
- Find your book through Search Everything (library’s homepage search box)
- Open up the record
- Click the + sign (Table of Contents)
- And read the desired section
Reading Off-line: Getting Ready
- Create an Adobe ID
- Download and authorize
- Sign-up for a My EBSCOhost account.
Once you have an account make it a part of your database routine to sign in.
Although you don’t have to use any of your Bank Street logins, make it easy on yourself: use your real name, and use your Bank Street email address. The hard part is creating a strong password (upper case, lower case, digits, and numbers).
You can sign-in before searching and downloading.
Or, you can wait to be prompted.
PDF or EPUB
For a more enjoyable reading experience online and off-line, EPUB is the best option as it flows to the size of your screen. If you are concerned about citing page numbers then choose PDF. The catch is that at present you have to download PDFs to read them.
Where is Everything?
Once you have signed in to My EBSCOhost Account you can see what you have checked out under
- My Checkouts (8)
- Checkouts (8)
- There is also the confusing eBooks (2) folder (items saved but not checked-out or downloaded).
Downloading to a Desktop or Mobile Device
Use a browser to navigate to the database page on the library website (Library > Research Tools > Research Databases) and do the following:
- Sign into an EBSCOhost database, e.g., Academic Search Premiere, or eBooks Education Collection.
- Go to My Checkouts.
- Select Download (Offline)
- Depending on your device, it will offer some eBook app or program choices.
- You will be asked to sign in with your Adobe ID, and perhaps your Bluefire login (so have this information handy). These programs track pages read across devices.
We’ve found that Firefox is the browser of choice for EBSCO eBooks. If you intend to read PDFs go to: Tools > Add-ons > Plugins and make sure that Adobe Acrobat and/or Adobe Reader are set to Always Activate.
Downloading to a Kindle
Using Amazon’s Send to Kindle option, you can send your saved EBSCO eBook pages in PDF format to any Kindle eReader device or Kindle app on iPhone or Android devices, or read them using Kindle for the Chrome browser.
Yes, there are a number of hoops to jump through to download an eBook from EBSCOhost’s Education Collection but for the most part you only have to set up once. If you are still experiencing problems, stop by the reference desk and ask for Peter, or Grace and we will try our best to help you out.