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Getting Started with Ebsco eBooks

Need Help Getting Started?

Contact the library if you need help downloading eBooks or setting up your computer or electronic devices.

Schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian who will provide one on one support to help you get started.  
email refdesk@gcc.edu or call 724.264.4729

Downloading eBooks to PC and Mac

Conveniently download an eBook to view on your computer anytime, anywhere if you will be away from campus or away from internet access!

For Windows PC Users follow the instructions below

1. You will need Adobe Digital Editions, a free program to manage all downloaded eBooks on your computer. Click here to go to Adobe's webpage. From there click on the download now link and follow the setup instructions.

2. To download eBooks you will also need an Adobe I.D. Click here to log-in if you already have a free account or to create a new account. 

3. You will need to create an Ebscohost account. To create an Ebscohost Account, click here and click on sign in at the top right hand corner of your screen. Click on create account and follow the on screen instructions to create an account.

4. Here's the detailed record screen from the sample search we did. Let's download the book Women and War : A Historical Encyclopedia From Antiquity to the Present to our computer. Click on the Download this eBook (offline version) button located on the left hand side of your screen. A confirmation box will appear. Please note the checkout period, 60 days. Click on the checkout and download button. (click image to view full size)

 A confirmation box will appear as shown below and your download will begin. (click image to view full size)

Click on the downloaded file from the window of your browser or you will also find it in your my downloads folder on your computer. It will automatically open Adobe Digital Editions and you will be prompted to log in to your account as shown below  (click image to view full size)

Adobe product screenshot reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated

Authorize your computer to view your downloaded book using your e-mail address and password of your Adobe I.D account. For Adobe Digital Editions

program help and features please see the FAQ and tutorials section of their website. For more instructions and troubleshooting help for downloading and reading an eBook on your Windows PC computer click here

For Mac Users follow the instructions below 

1. You will need Adobe Digital Editions, a free program to manage all downloaded eBooks on your computer. Click here to go to Adobe's webpage. From there click on the download now link and follow the setup instructions.

2. To download eBooks you will also need an Adobe I.D. Click here to log-in if you already have a free account or to create a new account. 

3. You will need to create an Ebscohost account. To create an Ebscohost Account, click here and click on sign in at the top right hand corner of your screen.click on create account and follow the on screen instructions to create an account.

For detailed instructions of how to download and open a book on a Mac computer please follow the detailed instructions for getting started and troubleshooting problems on with your Mac computer here

 

Download to an eReader, Phone or Tablet

To see the list of Ebsco supported eReaders and devices click here

What Kind of device are you using?

1. Apple Devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) 

Download the Ebsco eBook App. A tutorial for getting started is available here

2. Android Devices (Phone and Tablets)

Download the Ebsco eBook App. A tutorial for getting started is available here

3. Kindle Fire

Download the Bluefire App. A tutorial for getting started is available here

4. Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite

Please note that KIndle and KIndle PaperWhite devices are not supported with Ebsco eBooks. However, there is a work around. Please follow the instructions for sending a pdf verison of an eBook to your Kindle device  here 

5. Nook and Sony Devices

 Please follow the detailed instructions for getting started and troubleshooting problems with your Nook and Sony Devices  here

Ebsco Support Center for eBooks

For additional help and support, Ebsco's eBook Support Center has great resources with additional video tutorials, how-to's and information about other supported devices.

You can also contact the library with any questions you may have about ebooks, downloading eBooks and setting up your devices.  Email us at refdesk@gcc.edu or call us at 724.264.4729.

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