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Using EBSCO eBook Collection Database

EBSCO eBook Collection is LSCS Libraries' platform of electronic books.  It contains over 55,000 titles, and many of these are available for download to a computer and compatible devices (complete list of supported devices).  In order to checkout and download  the e-books, first you will need to create a free "My EBSCOhost" account.  This account will allow you to checkout and download up to 10 e-books at a time. If a particular e-book is currently in use, you can add your name to the waiting list, and once that title is available, you will be notified via e-mail.  You can add your name to the waiting list on up to five titles. 

 

Downloading e-Books

Computer

EBSCO eBook Collection Video Tutorial

  1. Create a free Adobe account if you do not already have one.
  2. Install Adobe Digital Editions (Help) into your computer and "authorize" the computer with your Adobe ID.
  3. Access EBSCO eBook Collection and sign in or create a "My EBSCOhost" account.
    For off-campus/Wi-Fi access, enter your fourteen digit library barcode number located on the back of your college ID/library card.
  4. Search or browse for an e-book.
  5. Click on Download (Offline).
  6. Click on Checkout & Download button. 
    E-book will open inside the desktop e-book reader Adobe Digital Editions. 
    You will be able to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer e-books via the "USB to device" cable to up to six devices/supported e-readers such as Nooks, Sony e-Readers, etc. 
    Note: Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle DX are not compatible, however there is the option to save eBook pages as a PDF, then transferred to a Kindle.

iPhone, iPod, iPad/Android

  1. Create a free Adobe account if you do not already have one.
  2. Install Bluefire Reader app (iTunes for iOS) (Google Play for Android) and "authorize" the device with your "Adobe" account in your device.
  3. In your mobile device's web browser, navigate to EBSCO eBook Collection and sign in or create a "My EBSCOhost" account if you do not already have one.
    Android users may need to use an alternate web browser, such as Opera, to navigate EBSCO eBook Collection.
    Enter your fourteen digit library barcode number located on the back of your college ID/library card.
  4. Search or browse for an e-book.
  5. Click on Download (Offline).
  6. Click on Checkout & Download button. 
    If prompted, select Bluefire Reader to open the e-book in your device.

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD

Using EBSCO eBook Collection in your Kindle Fire Guide (PDF)

  1. Create a free Adobe account if you do not already have one.
  2. In your Kindle Fire's web browser, navigate to EBSCO eBook Collection to create a free "My EBSCOhost" account if you do not already have one.  
    Enter your fourteen digit library barcode number located on the back of your college ID/library card.
  3. Install the Bluefire Reader app from the Bluefire website.
    1. Turn on the feature to "Allow the installation of apps from unknown sources" by going to Settings, More, and then Device in your Kindle Fire.
    2. On the Kindle Fire's browser, navigate to www.tinyurl.com/kindlebluefire, find and tap on the link indicated by "Tap here to download the Bluefire APK."
    3. Authorize Bluefire with your Adobe ID.
  4. On your Kindle Fire's browser navigate to http://search.ebscohost.com/ and sign in with your "My EBSCOhost" account.
  5. Uncheck other databases, and select eBook Collection, then tap on continue.
  6. Tap on Full Site.
  7. Search or browse for an e-book.
  8. Tap on Download (Offline).
  9. Select checkout period in days, and tap on Checkout & Download button.
    If prompted, select Bluefire Reader to open the e-book in your Kindle Fire.


Android devices vary, if you encounter problems at the download phase, try using a different web browser to navigate EBSCO eBooks.  EBSCO recommends Opera Mobile web browser as an alternative.

Blackberry devices are not compatible with EBSCO eBook Collection at this time.

Kindle, Kindle Touch, and Kindle DX are not compatible, however there is the option to save eBook pages as a PDF, then transferred to a Kindle.

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