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eBooks: EBSCO eBooks App

How to use eBooks available through the library

EBSCO eBooks & Audiobooks            Get it on Google Play (Android)      Get it in the App Store (Apple)

The EBSCO eBook app is being discontinued! This page is a work in progress. For now, information about what app to use instead is here:

About EBSCO eBooks

You have access to over 160,000 eBooks from EBSCO. You may read these books on a computer, or use the Bluefire Reader app to read them on your mobile device.

Pre-Installation Notes

  1. This app requires Adobe Digital Editions. Your device most likely already has it installed, but if not, it is free.
  2. You will need to create an Adobe ID if you do not already have one. Once you do that and associate the eBooks app with it, you will not be asked for this login again.
  3. You will also need to create a personal EBSCO ID. You will be prompted for this ID whenever you download a new eBook.
  4. While it is annoying to create these accounts, once you have the app installed you will see how easy it is to use it to read a book. You do not need to be on campus, even when you download a new book. Try it, you'll like it! It may look like a lot of steps, but it only takes about 10 minutes to set up.
  5. Noted at an EBSCO support site: "App is compatible with Android and iOS devices as well as Kindle Fire and Nook." The library has only tested installation on Android and iOS devices. If you have a Fire or Nook, give it a try!

Installing, downloading and reading an EBSCO eBook

Install the app

Download the EBSCO eBooks app from Google Play or iTunes

If you already have an Adobe ID, you will need to log in to it. If not,  you will need to create one. You should see a "success" message. Hit the back arrow and log in. Click Authorize.

You will see your bookshelf with a Quick Start Guide and a sample eBook. My bookshelf (on iPad) looks like this:

iPad screen shot - EBSCO ebooks bookshelf

Set up your library

Click on the Find Books icon toward the bottom of the screen. In order to find books, we need to set up a library.

Library Locator: Choose United States, and then Massachusetts. Search for Massasoit Comm College (it is on page 9) and select it.

Off Campus: If you are not on the Massasoit network, you will be prompted for a login in order to associate you with Massasoit. This will only happen once, when you select Massasoit as your library. Do not enter a User ID and Password here. Instead, click on the link to "Enter the barcode number from your Massasoit ID"

Now you can search for a specific eBook, or browse by category.

Download a book

Download a book by clicking on the "Download (Offline)" link on the search result page or from within the detailed record.

You will be prompted for your EBSCO personal account. Create one if you don't already have one. You will be prompted for this every time you download a new eBook, so remember your user name and password!

Select your preferred checkout period (default is 4 weeks) and click "Checkout & Download"

The eBook will download and you will prompted: "Download successful! Read Later / Read Now"

I chose to read later, and now my bookshelf looks like this (on Android):

Android screen shot: Ebsco eBooks bookshelf

Read your book

Begin reading any of your downloaded eBooks in the app. 

You can add bookmarks by using the bookmark icon in the upper right.

You can return the book to the library's collection if you want it removed from your shelf. Click Info / Return Item.

After your checkout period ends, the book will be show as expired on your shelf. If you are not finished reading it, you may borrow it again.

When you come back to the app and want to download a new eBook, click on "Find Books" and then select "Massasoit Comm Library." Browse or search, and download the book.

If you use more than one device, use the same Ebsco account and you will be able to download the book on each device. Click on "Find books" and then click the Folder icon in the upper right. (In the screenshot above, the folder icon is to the right of the home icon, with a number 9 in it for number of checkouts.) 

Here is what the folder looks like if you have books checked out. Select whichever one you need to download. If you only use one device, you should never have to do this. But in my example, I have books checked out on both my iPad and Android tablets.

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