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EBooks at Bowie State

This guide provides instructions and tips on how to find and use e-Books in Bowie's Thurgood Marshall Library collection.

How to download Ebsco e-books

**Alert: Downloading will not work on public computers anywhere on the Bowie campus. Use the "eBook Full Text" option to read the book online on these computers.**

**Alert: Have you installed Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)?  Did you create an Adobe ID?  You must first install the FREE software ADE before you can download an e-book from the EBSCO e-book collection. Although you do not have to create an Adobe ID (also FREE), it is necessary to have one if you want your book to be available to you on more than one of your electronic devices (laptop, smartphone, tablet). Go back to the main menu tab "Downloading E-books" for details and links.

Downloadable Guide for "How to Read and Download EBSCO eBooks at Bowie State University"

1) Initiate download

When you look at an e-book record, you will see a button to download the title:

Image of list of ebook titles with download button circled in red


Image of bibliography information of one title with Download button circled in red on left side of screen


2. Sign in to your EBSCOhost account.

To download, you must have a My EBSCOhost account. You will be prompted to log in or create a new account, if you are not already logged in:


3) Select the checkout period and click "Checkout & Download"


Image of pop-up window with checkout period selection and final download button


3) Confirmation

You will get a confirmation if your checkout was successful:

4) Placing a "Hold"

Some e-books have a limit on how many copies can be checked out at once. In these cases, you many see a message stating that the book is unavailable. In these cases, you can place a hold on the book and you will be notified when it's available:


5) Open the book that you downloaded

When your book has downloaded, you should see an option to open the file, which will have a ".acsm" suffix.. Different browsers will present this option differently. This example is from Chrome:

If you have Adobe Digital Editions installed and associated with your Adobe ID, your e-book will automatically be imported into Adobe Digital Editions. (You must have these free tools to download Ebsco e-books. Go to the Adobe Digital Editions Web page for instructions and links for downloading ADE. See Adobe Digital Editions / FAQ for information and links about creating an Adobe ID.

This title will now be accessible on any computers or devices associated with your Adobe ID. You can also re-download it, if needed, through your MyEBSCOhost account, in "My Checkouts:"

The title will expire at the end of your checkout period, at which point you can renew the title if no one else has it on hold.

6) Saving and printing

Ebsco allows you to print or save as PDF up to 60 pages from a given title. (Note that, to print, you must first generate a PDF of the section of the book that you want to print.) To do this, you must view the e-book online, through the "eBook Full Text" option:

Once viewing the book online, find the selection you want to print/save. There is a Table of Contents on the left of the screen to help you navigate:

To create a PDF (which you can send to a Kindle or Nook), click on the "Print" button on the right side of the screen:
(Note that the "Save" option only saves a citation for or a link to the book. It will not save the full text of the book. To save a selection from the book, you have to go through the Print menu to create a PDF which you can then save.)

This will open a pop-up window that will let you select exactly what you want to print or save, and tell you how many pages you have left out of the 60 page limit. The "Print PDF" button will print your selection. Choose "Send as E-mail" if you wish to e-mail it to your Kindle or to yourself to save it as a PDF.