eBook download instructions (PC)

How to download an eBook with your laptop or PC


  • Recommended browsers are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher, and Mozilla Firefox.
  • You will need a My EBSCO account (how to get one)
  • Adobe Digital Editions (version 1.7.1 or higher) installed. It is free to download, and you can get it here.
  • You will need to be logged in to your Adobe ID / Account.
    • To establish an Adobe ID, go to www.adobe.com
    • Click Sign-In
    • Click Get Adobe ID
    • Fill in the form, then click Sign Up

Finding and downloading an eBook in a browser:

  1. Locate the Search Box on the Marion Knott Library homepage.
  2. Select the eBooks tab, enter your search term, and select Search.
  3. Select your desired book from the search results
  4. Select the Download icon.
    • If you are not logged in to your EBSCO account, you will be prompted to do so. If you do not have one, select Create a new Account and follow the directions.
  5. Select a Download duration from the drop-down menu and confirm that you have Adobe Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed. 
  6. Click the Download button.  The eBook is added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface.
  7. Select Save and/or Open the file from the resulting dialog boxes. 
    • If you Open the file, your eBook is opened with Adobe Digital Editions.  If you Save the file, the eBook is saved to  your computer and can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions at a later time. 
    • When a downloaded eBook is opened, it is displayed in Adobe Digital Editions.


If when trying to download an eBook to Digital Editions you receive the following error message, E_AUTH_BAD_DEVICE_KEY_OR_PKCS12, you may need to completely remove any authorization using ctrl-shift-D to Adobe Digital Editions (cmd-shift-D if on Mac).  Then restart Digital Editions, and reauthorize with your Adobe ID.

When downloading an eBook using the Chrome browser, the download will not automatically open but appears in the download bar at the bottom of the browser as URLLink.acsm.  Click the download in the bar and select Open to open the eBook or select Always open files of this type to automatically open future EBSCO eBooks downloads in ADE.