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Ebook Central

This guide will help you with Ebook Central.


You do not need to download an ebook unless you need access to it later when you are no longer online, or if you want to read it on a handheld device, such as an e-reader. 

ProQuest Ebook Central offers flexible options for downloading content. Select "Download" from the Book Details Page or the Online Reader itself

Screenshot showing a download for Adobe Digital Editions

To download books for offline access, you will firstly need Adobe Digital Editions a free program that is different than Adobe Reader. If using a mobile device, the Adobe Digital Editions App is free from the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can use other reader apps as long as they are able to handle the Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management). Search in the app store of your choice for e.g. 'adobe drm reader' or just 'adobe drm' to get a list of potentially suitable apps. 

You do not need an Adobe ID simply to read a downloaded book on one device. You can get an Adobe ID for free if you wish to transfer your downloaded eBook from one device to another. You will not need an Adobe ID if you continue to read it on the same device. 

Screenshot showing the dropdown for loan length for digital downloads

Select the number of days you wish to download the book for. If you're using a computer, you will download an asm. file into your downloads folder. Use Adobe Digital Editions to open that file. You should now be able to read the book offline on the Adobe Digital Editions Reader.

A book cannot be checked back into Ebook Central early, but will simply "expire" from your Adobe Digital Editions reader when the time is up.

You can download a chapter PDF from the Table of Contents on the Book Details Page.

Screenshot showing the download PDF options for chapters in the table of contents

The PDFs are searchable, selectable, and include a citation and do not expire. Chapter downloads require users to sign-in to their Ebook Central account or continue as Guest. Benefits to signing in include increased copy, print and download allowances, access to your personal Ebook Central Bookshelf where you can save books, chapters, and create/save annotations – and it’s free (and easy)!

Screenshot showing the pages remaining for copying and PDF downloads

A chapter download is counted the same as print and will be taken into account by the allowances of the book.

Each book's print/download and copy allowance is displayed on the Book Details page and can vary depending on the publisher. Once you have printed/chapter downloaded a page, the allowance automatically counts down. The allowance will reset after 24 hours, giving you the full number of pages to copy/print/download again

You can also download a chapter or print pages through the Online Reader's icons. 

Screenshot showing the chapter download and print options

The Chapter Download Icon will allow you to download the current chapter. The Print icon will allow you to input a page range. It will then download those pages in PDF. In order to print, you must use your PDF Reader's print functionality.

Screenshot showing the dropdown options for citation style

Screenshot showing print to PDF citation style dropdown

Read print-to-PDF and chapter download titles on any device that supports .PDF file types – from Kindles and tablets to laptops and mobile devices. Users may transfer files between devices without support limitation.

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