OVERVIEW of download options (start here!)

On most ebrary sites, ebrary now offers the following two download options for offline access to ebrary content via computer:

  • Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655 

    • Same page limits as for printing
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle
    • Additional (free) software is typically not needed
    • Files do not expire
    • We’ve recently improved the image quality of our image PDFs. The tradeoff is that we needed to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided
  • Download an entire document as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=687 

    • Patrons first need to install Adobe Digital Editions on their computer (free online)
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox
    • Up to 10 documents at a time per patron
    • By default, full-document downloading is only available for multi-user documents (not single-user-only documents), but admins can override this setting
    • Multi-user documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days*
    • If allowed, single-user-only documents can be full-document downloaded for 7 days*
    • Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded (even if your site allows it for single-user titles)
    • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents.  See here for a list: http://support.ebrary.com/?p=868

* These check-out times are currently not configurable.  Users can return documents early

Note:  Both types of downloading are triggers for Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded.

Check out more of our Knowledge Base articles under the “Download” category.

Download entire document onto your computer as an e-book

To download an entire ebrary document onto your computer, thereby creating an e-book for temporary access, you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program.

You can read and annotate downloaded e-books offline on your computer, and transfer them to supported devices.  You can have up to 10 ebrary e-books downloaded at a time.  Access periods (or you can return the download early):

7 days for single-user-only documents, if the library has chosen to allow this

14 days for multi-user documents; all subscription documents are multi-user

If it’s your first time downloading a document onto your computer via Adobe Digital Editions:

I. We recommend setting up Adobe Digital Editions on your computer before you start downloading from ebrary, see:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=841

II. Or you can do all the steps together:

  1. From your computer, go to your ebrary site
  2. If you aren’t already, sign in to your personal ebrary account
    That is, click the “Sign In” button at the top right and sign in.  If you don’t already have a personal ebrary account, create one as described here
    http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/
  3. Find the book you want to download
  4. Click the “Download“ button in list mode or while viewing the document
  5. Select option to “Download the entire document“, Click OK
  6. Number of days e-book will be readable is displayed, Click “Download
  7. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions at this point.
  8. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose Open with Adobe Digital Editions
  9. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account; if you don’t already have one, click the button to create one

That’s it!

Limitations on full-document downloading:

  • Loaned titles (as part of our PDA program) cannot be full-document downloaded
  • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents
    For a list of these publishers, see: http://support.ebrary.com/?p=868
  • Our downloaded ebooks are not supported on Kindle or Kobo Vox

Alternative: Download a specific chapter or page range as an image PDF
See:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655

Overview of ebrary’s download options:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=86

New to downloading entire documents as e-books? Get started as follows.

If it’s your first time downloading a document via Adobe Digital Editions, we recommend setting up your Adobe Digital Editions account on your computer before you attempt full-document downloading:

1. Install Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. From your computer, go to
    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html
  2. Scroll down and click: “Download Adobe Digital Editions” for the type of computer you have
  3. Follow the steps as prompted

2. Create an Adobe account:

  1. From your computer, go to
    https://www.adobe.com/account/account-information.html#myadobeid
  2. Click “Create an account
  3. Fill in at least the starred fields…
  4. Click “OK

3. That’s it for setting up Adobe Digital Editions!

4. You’re now ready to download ebrary documents as e-books onto your computer as follows:

  1. From your computer, go to your ebrary site
  2. Sign in to your personal ebrary account  (Don’t have one?  Create one as described here http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/)
  3. Find the document you want to download
  4. Click the “Download” button and follow the prompts

 

To upgrade to the newest version of Adobe Digital Editions, proceed as if to install Adobe Digital Editions, and it will detect that you’re upgrading:

  1. From your computer, go to

    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html

  2. Scroll down and click: “Download Adobe Digital Editions” for the type of computer you have
  3. Follow the steps as prompted

 

Duration for downloaded e-books

An ebrary document downloaded as an e-book in Adobe Digital Editions or on your iOS device is only available to you on a temporary basis.

Multi-user document = 14 days

If your ebrary site has multi-user access to an ebrary document, your downloaded e-book of that document will be accessible for 14 days.  Note, all ebrary documents in subscription collections on your site are multi-user.

Single-user-only document = 7 days (if at all)

If your ebrary site has single-user-only access to an ebrary doucment, you might not be able to download it as an e-book (it depends on your administrator’s settings).  If you can download it as an e-book, it will be accessible for 7 days.  While you have it downloaded as an e-book, other users on your ebrary site cannot access the document – not even for online viewing – so consider returning it as soon as you’re done with it.

After the designated access time (14 or 7 days), the .pdf file will remain on your computer or device, but it will become unreadable (think Mission Impossible’s self destruct timer ticking away).  Once it times out, you might want to delete the (unreadable) file to avoid confusion.

Returning a downloaded e-book
You don’t need to return an ebrary downloaded e-book.  But since you can only have ten ebrary documents downloaded as e-books at a time, you might want to return an e-book early so you can download others.  And returning a single-user-only downloaded e-book will make it once again available to others on your ebrary site.  Early returns of downloaded e-books are done through Adobe Digital Editions, or an app (such as BlueFire) on your device.  Returns may take up to an hour to be recognized on your ebrary site.

For more details on returning a downloaded e-book, see:

http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-return-an-ebook/

 

Note, creating an image PDF of a chapter or page range gives permanent access.

Using an iPad to download a document as an e-book (via browser, not ebrary’s app)

You can download an ebrary document directly from an iPad using just a browser, but you’ll need an app such as BlueFire to view the downloaded e-book, and you’ll need to have done the first two steps before downloading.

First, create an Adobe ID (this can be done from a separate computer):

  1. Go to https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership
  2. Click “Create an account
  3. Fill in at least the starred fields…
  4. Click “OK

Second, install BlueFire on the iPad

  1. Go to the App Store on your iPad
  2. Search for “BlueFire Reader
  3. Download it to your iPad

Third, download an ebrary document via browser access to ebrary on an iPad:

  1. Go to your ebrary site
  2. Sign in to your ebrary bookshelf account  (Don’t have one?  Create one as described here http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/)
  3. Search for the document you want to download
  4. Click on its cover or title to open it in QuickView
  5. Click on the green “Download” button
  6. Select the option to download the entire book
  7. Follow the prompts, including signing in to your Adobe ID

Your downloaded e-book will then be available in your iPad’s BlueFire folder, ready for offline reading, annotating, etc using the BlueFire app.