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All About eBooks: EBSCO eBooks

Information on our digital book platforms and how to use them.


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EBSCO eBooks are available to read, download and print.  You can access them on your computer or portable devices.  
Be sure to use the drop-down menu on the EBSCO eBooks tab to get more information on this great resource.

System Requirements

EBSCO eBooks

  • Internet Explorer versions 9.0 and earlier are not compatible with the technology used to support vertical scroll. To be able to vertically scroll EBSCO eBooks we recommend these browsers: Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome or IE 10.0 or later. For users with Internet Explorer versions 9.0 or older, please see the Adobe Acrobat Reader Browser Requirements and settings for all supported browsers.
  • Internet Explorer versions 8.0 and earlier are not compatible with eBooks in EPUB format. To view an EPUB format eBook, we recommended these browsers: Mozilla FirefoxGoogle Chrome or Internet Explorer 10.0 or later.


  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0 or later is required to use Text-To-Speech on interfaces in which it is available.
  • Internet Explorer users should turn off Compatibility View by clicking the button next to the web address bar in their browser. Compatibility View may cause some areas of EBSCO interfaces to not display correctly.

  • Windows 8.0/8.1 users should use the desktop version of Internet Explorer to view PDFs in the Viewer. The Metro version of Internet Explorer does not support Adobe Reader plug-ins that allow viewing of PDFs.

  • You can test for the version of Java installed on your computer at the following web site:

  • Some browser plug-ins are known to have issues with older browsers that may affect how eBook PDF Full Text is displayed. We recommend ensuring your browser plug-ins are up-to-date to alleviate these issues.

Creat an EBSCO account

When you first attempt to read an EBSCO eBook, you will be prompted to create an account.  You only need to provide an email account and to create a password, and you will then be a registered EBSCO eBook user.


What you'll need to install

How do I install Adobe Digital Editions?

In order to download EBSCO eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. You will also need to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer an eBook to a supported portable eReader device.

Adobe Digital Editions is a free download available at this link:

To install Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Click the Download Now link found on the page linked above.

  2. Select Install.

  3. Select Yes.

  4. Follow prompts until installation is complete.

Note: If you have trouble, use these solutions from Adobe provided in this Tech Note:

Which portable devices are compatible with EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with for the following eBook Readers:

  • Apple (iOS) Devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Android Devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • Sony eReader Touch Edition
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • All eBook Readers supporting the Adobe eBook DRM

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with the following mobile apps:

  • Get the EBSCO eBooks for iOS on iTunes and Android on Google PlayLearn More about the app.
  • Bluefire Reader apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Txtr app for iPhone and Android devices
  • All apps supporting the Adobe eBook DRM

EBSCO eBooks are compatible with all devices and apps supporting Adobe eBook DRM, a standard used by most popular eBook providers, including Google Play. A complete list of Adobe eBook DRM compatible devices and apps is available here.

For more detailed information on mobile apps, please consult the EBSCO online guide.

Note: Currently, we do not support mobile devices that use the Windows operating system.


This guide was created with EBSCO materials.