QuickView: Download chapter or pages as image PDF

Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range for any ebrary document (up to the same number of pages you can print on your ebrary site).

You can then read the image PDF file offline on your computer using any standard PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader, which you probably already have.  You can also transfer the file to a mobile device or e-reader, including the Kindle.

  • Image PDF files don’t expire.
  • We’ve recently improved the image quality of our image PDFs. The tradeoff was to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided.
  • You cannot search text or make annotations in an image PDF.
  • For more about the number of pages that can be image-PDF downloaded, see: http://support.ebrary.com/kb/limits

To create an image PDF of a specific chapter:

  1. Click the Download button in ebrary search results or QuickView window. You may be prompted to sign in to your ebrary bookshelf account.
    (If you don’t already have one, create one as described here
    http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account)
  2. Select the option to create an image PDF of a chapter, then choose the name of the chapter from the drop-down menu
    – Nested chapters and subchapters cannot be selected; only the book’s top-level (left-most) nesting
    – If the chapter is longer than the number of pages allowed to be printed, you will get the following message:
  3. Click OK

To create an image PDF of a specific page range:

  1. Click the Download button in ebrary search results or QuickView window. You may be prompted to sign in to your personal ebrary account.
    (If you don’t already have one, create one as described here
    http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account)
  2. Select the option to create an image PDF of a specific page range, then enter the starting and ending page numbers (use the numbers shown on the book’s pages, for more info see: http://support.ebrary.com/kb/print-pdf-page-numbers)
    If the page range is longer than the number of pages allowed to be printed, you will get the following message:
  3. Click OK

Download entire document onto your computer as an ebook

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

You can read and annotate downloaded ebooks offline on your computer, and transfer them to supported devices.  You can have up to 10 ebrary ebooks 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 ebook 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

What you might encounter when you try to open a link to an ebrary title

When using a URL to open a particular ebrary book, you might encounter:

  • A preview mode alert after paging through a few content pages
  • A “Document Unavailable” error
    • This means the book is no longer available on your ebrary site
    • Admins: there should be a “Deleted MARCs” link on your ebrary MARC records page that includes a Deleted MARC for this title
  • A screen asking you to clarify which ebrary site you are trying to access

To sign in to your personal ebrary account

While on your institution’s ebrary site:

1. Click the “Sign Inlink at the top right

2. If you already have a personal ebrary account, and you know your login:

  • Enter your username and password
  • Click the “Sign Inbutton

OR If you already have a personal ebrary account, but have forgotten your password:

OR If you don’t already have a personal ebrary account, you can create one:

 

Note, most personal preference info (such as citation choice and language) is stored as a “cookie” on the computer itself.  Only the bookshelf and things specific to the username (such as password, name, and email address) follow the login vs the computer.

 

The older “Java-based Reader” is still offered on some sites as an alternative for online-reading

To open a book for online reading, we recommend clicking on its title or cover.

However, if your ebrary site happens to also offer ebrary’s older stand-alone reader, the “Java-based Reader” (aka the Unity Reader), and you wish to use it, click the “Java-based Reader” button instead; it is located below the book in search results.

Things to know about the Java-based Reader

  • It is being phased out, and is not added to new ebrary sites
  • It requires installation and may not work smoothly on newer systems
  • It includes an accessibility feature offering basic text-to-speech functionality