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eBooks & eReaders at Wellesley: Downloading e-books

Downloading e-books FAQ

Find answers to these questions and more on the FAQ page

I don't want to download the book, I just want to print from it. Can I do that?

Why can't I download this ebrary book?

Can I read journal articles on my e-reading device?

What about SpringerLink e-books?

E-book Formats

.PDF

File format created by Adobe, .pdf is the defacto standard for document interchange. It can be protected by DRM (such as Adobe DRM) or DRM-free. Supported by almost every computer platform, handheld device, and e-reader.

.EPUB

An open format defined by the Open eBook Forum of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It can be protected by DRM (such as Adobe DRM) or DRM-free. It is supported by most devices, the most notable exception being Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Fire.

.ACSM

File format used to provide DRM on Adobe eBooks PDF and ePUB. Open this file in Adobe Digital Editions to access the full e-book.

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Downloading ebrary books

1. You must be have an ebrary account in order to download a book from ebrary.

  • If you don't have one yet, click Sign in at the top right of the page, then click Create account
  • If you already have an ebrary account, click the Sign In link at the top right of the page, then type in your username and password and click Sign in.

3. You have two options for downloading ebooks from ebrary. You may:

  • save a single chapter or range of pages (the amount of pages varies from book to book) as a PDF that does not expire.
  • download the entire book for a period of 14 days (requires Adobe Digital Editions - see the Adobe Digital Editions tab for more information)

4. If you wish to download the entire book, click Full Download and select the device you wish to download the file to.

5. The ebook will appear in your Downloads folder. Double-click on the file to open. If you have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, the book will open in Adobe Digital Editions and can be read online or loaded on to an e-reader device. (See the Loading e-books onto your device tab for more information.)

 

Downloading EBookLibrary books

1. To download an EBL e-book, click on the Download button.

2. You have the option of "borrowing" this book for either 1, 7, or 14 days, depending on the book. Select your preferred loan length, format (PDF, or epub, if available) and click Download.

3. The ebook will appear in your Downloads folder. Double-click on the file to open. If you have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, the book will open in Adobe Digital Editions and can be read online or loaded on to an e-reader device. (See the Loading e-books onto your device tab for more information.)