Reading and Downloading Ebooks

The JBU Library has over 200,000 ebook titles. These titles are available for online viewing or downloading. This page describes accessing the two largest collections in EBSCO eBook Collection and ProQuest Ebook Central. Both collections can be searched by using the eBooks tab on the JBU Library Search.

Both EBSCO and ProQuest ebooks can be read online without any requirements other than a current browser and internet access. If your internet access is limited, then ebooks can be downloaded for reading offline. To read books offline you will need the following:

  1. A computer, tablet, or mobile device.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions installed.
  3. An account for the appropriate lender (EBSCO or ProQuest).

Adobe Digital Editions is free digital rights management (DRM) and reading software that can be installed by download from the Adobe website or from the Apple and Google app stores. EBSCO and ProQuest accounts can be created for free. These accounts are separate from your JBU username and password, so pick a username and password that you will remember.

Most books also give you the option to download individual chapters as DRM-free PDFs. These files can be printed or transferred to the PDF reader of your choice (including Kindle). There is a page limit for these downloads (varies by book), so you generally cannot download the whole book all at once this way, but the files do not require special software or accounts and never expire. The page limit resets every 24 hours.

Note: Kindle devices DO NOT support Adobe encrypted files (full book downloads). Download books by chapter to read on Kindle devices.

This page describes the following:

EBSCO eBook Collection

Read Online

To read EBSCO ebooks online, first search for the book. Click the PDF Full Text link under the title in the search results or in the left sidebar of the individual item record. Alternatively, scroll down to the Table of Contents and click on the desired chapter. 

 

Download Book

To download the full book to your device, click the Full Download link in the left sidebar of the book detail page. If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions installed, you will be prompted to do so. Log in with your EBSCO account to complete the download.  You can find more information about EBSCO ebook digital checkouts here.

Full book downloads expire after 7-21 days. In most cases you can re-download the book as many times as you like. For rare books with a limit on simultaneous users, you may have to wait your turn to re-download the book. Please be aware that Adobe software does NOT preserve your annotations from one checkout to the next.

Download Chapter

To download individual chapters as DRM-free PDF files, access the book online in PDF Full Text view. Click on one of the following options: Save Pages, E-mail Pages, or Print Pages.  You will be prompted with a download PDF link for the current chapter.

ProQuest Ebook Central

Read Online

To read ProQuest ebooks online, first search for the book. Click the Read Online icon in the search results or the purple button in the left sidebar of the individual item record. Alternatively, scroll down to the Table of Contents and click on the desired chapter. 

Download Book

To download the full book to your device, click the Download Book link in the left sidebar of the book detail page. If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions installed, you will be prompted to do so. Log in with your ProQuest account to complete the download.  You can find more information about digital checkouts here.

Full book downloads have a checkout of 1-7 days depending on title and what you select. In most cases you can re-download the book as many times as you like. For rare books with a limit on simultaneous users, you may have to wait your turn to re-download the book. Please be aware that Adobe software does NOT preserve your annotations from one checkout to the next.

Download Chapter

To download individual chapters as DRM-free PDF files, scroll down to the Table of Contents and click the Download PDF link for the chapter you wish to download.