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E-books at Siena: EBSCO e-books

Standish Library offers e-books from several different publishers. This page is intended to introduce and explain the different e-book options that you will come across when searching library resources.

EBSCO's e-book guide

Check out EBSCO's own LibGuide for lots of tips, tricks, and information on everything e-book!

If you'd like help from one the librarians, please fill out this form for an appointment.

Important Notice!

The Bluefire Reader is no longer supported and available.  The vendors are looking to see if something else can be done for offline downloads.  Remember you can still read online and download "chunks" of a book as a pdf.  If a title is DRM-free you should be able to download the pdf without issue.  You can still download to your PC or Mac with the Adobe Digital Editions software.  

Downloading e-books to your PC/MAC

You must have Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. This is a free download available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html

-You must create an Adobe ID (also free): https://www.adobe.com/account.htm

-When you select the book(s) you want to download, click on the download (offline) link.

-A prompt screen will appear asking you to sign in to your ‘My Ebscohost’ account.  If you do not have a ‘My Ebscohost ID’ you will be given the link to create one.  You must do this to proceed.

-After signing in, you will be asked how long you want to check it out for (1-14 days).  Select your time period and click the yellow check-out and download button.

-The book will be available via the Digital Editions software on your computer for the time you check it out.  After the check-out period is over the book will remain in Digital Editions but you won’t be able to open it.  You can check it out again by going back to the database.  You can manually remove the e-book in Digital Editions as well.

Example of downloading an EBSCO e-book to your Mac/PC

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Downloading e-books to your Kindle Fire

You will need to create an Adobe ID. Do this online. https://www.adobe.com/account.html

Download the Bluefire Reader app to your device (free app).You will be asked to login with your Adobe ID. **At present the Bluefire reader is no longer available for download. We are waiting for an alternative solution.  Kindle Fire users, click here for information on additional steps necessary to download the Bluefire Reader app.  Read carefully!

-When you select the book(s) you want to download, click on the download (offline) link.

-A prompt screen will appear asking you to sign in to your ‘My Ebscohost’ account. If you do not have a ‘My Ebscohost ID’ you will be given the link to create one.   You must have login credentials of some kind  to proceed.

-After signing in, you will be asked how long you want to check it out for (1-7 days).  Select your time period and click the yellow check-out and download button.

-The Bluefire Reader app will open with a prompt for the file, you press this and the book downloads.  It then asks if you want to read it now or view it later.

-Like downloading to a Mac/PC, the book will be on your device for the time you check it out. After the check-out period is over the book will remain in the Bluefire app but you won’t be able to open it. You can check it out again by going back to the database. You can manually remove the e-book in Digital Editions as well.

Downloading to other e-readers

**If you download e-books to your computers/laptops you can still transfer the e-books to portable devices by plugging the device into the computer where the files are stored and manually moving them or the device showing up in Adobe Digital Editions (this is for readers like the Nook and the Sony e-reader).  Adobe has a listing of all compatible devices here