E-books Guide: Downloading e-books

Digital Rights Management

The two major e-book providers at VU are EBook Central, and EBSCOhost.  All the books accessed through these providers are protected by a Digital Rights Management system (DRM), therefore, additional software is required when you want to read the downloaded copy of a DRM protected book.

DRM is a system which regulates the usage of digital content. It limits the loan period for downloading and the number of pages that can be printed or copied.

Non DRM e-books

There are other e-book providers that allow pdf chapters to be downloaded without any software requirement. See the following list.

Downloading e-books to a desktop or laptop

To download EBook Central and EBSCOhost e-books to your desktop or laptop, you need to first download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software. This free software is available from Adobe's website. Note, all library computers have ADE installed and that ADE is different from the Adobe Reader.

Downloading e-books to a tablet or smart phone

To download e-books from the library website in ePub or PDF format to a tablet or smart phone you need to first download the Adobe Digital Editions app. Go to your App store on your device.

Note: If you would like to transfer the downloaded copy of the book on multiple devices then you will be required to create an Adobe ID to authorise the reader. Otherwise, you can skip this step if only reading the downloaded copy on one device.

Downloading e-books from ProQuest EBook Central

Transcript for E-books: How to download Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID

In this presentation you will learn how to download and install the Adobe Digital Editions program onto your computer and how to create an Adobe ID. The three major e-book providers at VU are Ebsco, Ebrary and EBL. Borrowing, downloading and printing conditions vary. E-books are protected by Digital Rights Management systems, abbreviated DRM, which regulate the usage of digital content. It limits the loan period for downloading and the number of pages that can be printed or copied. 

Adobe Digital Editions, abbreviated ADE, is a free software program that enables viewing and managing of DRM protected e-books. You will need to create an Adobe ID to authorise viewing your e-book on multiple devices. Search for ‘Adobe Digital Editions download’ on Google and download the programme. Note: this tutorial is for downloading ADE onto your laptop or desktop. If using smart phones or tablets then you need to install Bluerfire reader from the app store or google play. Click on the installer, which may appear at the bottom of the page and then click Run. Click on the checkbox to accept the terms of the Adobe licence agreement. Continue the steps to install the programme. 

When the ADE program has been installed, you will need to authorise the computer. Click on the Help menu and select Authorise Computer. Click on Create an Adobe ID. Fill in the relevant fields and click on Sign Up. Enter your Adobe ID and password and click on Authorize.Once you download an e-book from the library it will appear in ADE. Double click on the book to access the e-book.You can read offline, browse chapters and bookmark pages. You can view the e-book information about how many pages you can print or copy by clicking on the File menu and selecting Item Info. Select ‘Print’ for printing options. Contact us for further information.

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Transcript for E-books: How to download a ProQuest EBook Central e-book

In this presentation, you will learn how to download a ProQuest EBook Central e-book. This video is for downloading an e-book for offline access. You could choose to read the book online with any secure internet connection.
Remember you do not need to download an e-book if you want to read it online.
Before you download an e-book from ProQuest EBook Central, you will need to install the e-book reader Adobe Digital Editions, abbreviated (ADE) onto your laptop or desktop.
If using mobile devices, download the (ADE) app from your app store.
To view the downloaded book on multiple devices you will need to create an Adobe ID.
If you require assistance with installing ADE and how to create an Adobe ID, pause this video now and watch the video titled E-books: How to install Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID.
Find ProQuest EBook Central EBooks books either by Searching on your topic OR By searching the ProQuest EBook Central database directly through the library’s A to Z Databases list.
From the library search, click on the full text link of the book you want to download.
This page provides information about your chosen e-book such as the number of days for download as well as chapter or full download options.
Click on Download Book.
You will be prompted to sign In, Click on Continue. Enter your Student ID and Password. Click on Login.
Select your device and click on Continue.
Since ADE is already installed on your desktop or laptop or the ADE app on your mobile device click on ‘Done with this step’.
Click on Download.
On laptop or desktop, the download link may appear at the bottom of the screen. Click on the link to open the file.
The book will open automatically in ADE on your desktop or laptop.
You can start reading offline, browse through chapters and bookmark pages.
Alternatively, when you search the VU library and download a ProQuest E-book Central e-book into ADE on your mobile device, click ‘open the file’.
It will open in ADE as selected and will be available for reading. Tap the top of the screen to access the menu. Select library to view all your downloaded books.
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Transcript for E-books: How to download an EBSCOhost e-book

In this presentation, you will learn how to download an EBSCOhost e-book. This video is specifically for downloading an e-book for offline access. You could choose to read the book online with any secure internet connection. Before you download an e-book onto your laptop or desktop from the EBSCO platform, you will need to install the e-book reader Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID to authorise your computer or if using mobile devices, download the Bluefire Reader app from the app store or google play and use the same Adobe ID to authorise the reader. If you require assistance, watch the video titled ‘How to install Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID’.Find EBSCOhost books either by Searching on your topic OR By searching the EBSCOhost database directly through the library’s Databases A to Z list. Search the library catalogue for an e-book and click on the full text link of the book you want to download. Click on Download this eBook located on the left hand side of the page. You will be prompted to sign in to My EBSCOhost account, click on Sign in to My EBSCOhost or create a new account by clicking on ‘Create a new Account’ and fill in the required fields and ‘Save changes’. When you are signed in, select the checkout period and click on Checkout & Download.This page confirms the checkout of the e-book and the e-book file will begin to download and open in Adobe Digital Editions. In some cases, the downloaded link will appear at the bottom of the screen and you will need to click on the file in order to download it. On mobile devices, the downloaded link appears in the middle of the screen so click on the link or select Open in Bluefire.In Adobe Digital Editions, the book will open automatically. You can start reading offline, browse through the chapters and bookmark pages. Alternatively, on the Bluefire reader app, an option will appear on the screen to either Read later or Read Now. Select Read Now to start reading offline. For further information, please contact us online or talk to a library staff member if on campus.

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