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EBSCO And ProQuest eBooks: Reading Online And Offline: ProQuest eBooks: Downloading & Reading Offline


You can download and read ProQuest eBooks offline by "checking-out" the book through your ProQuest account and saving the file to a software application called Adobe Digital Editions.  This process provides you with complete access to the book for up to a 21-day period where you can read the book without being online. 

If you have not done this before, there are some preliminary steps to follow to make sure you have everything set up. This first time through can seem complicated, but once you are set up it becomes quite easy to download eBooks. 


Why Do I Have To Use This Software?

EBSCO and ProQuest eBooks include DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions intended to prevent excessive downloading or misuse of licensed and copyrighted materials.  There are several vendors that do not use DRM and you have likely seen these in Discover search results, such as eBooks from JSTOR.

The use of DRM protection adds a few additional steps, but it allows you the ability to download an entire work, from cover to cover, in a single file for reading on your computer.  Adobe Digital Editions keeps track of the DRM restrictions for each book, namely the amount of allowable saving & printing from the original work.

Downloading & Reading Offline

Getting Started

Step #1: Click "Sign In" to Create/Log Into Your ProQuest Account

Click the link to "Sign In" to either create a new account or login using your existing username and password:


If you already have an account, sign in through here:


If you do not have an account, you can select the option to "Create Account" and follow the instructions to create an account using your name, e-mail, and a password of your choice.



Step #2: Download eBooks and Adobe Digital Editions

There are two ways to "check-out" and download a ProQuest eBook. You can click on the download icon on the results screen (downward arrow):

or you can click on the "Full Download" button from the detail page:


You will then proceed through a series of steps to download the book and download/use Adobe Digital Essentials.


You can select what type of device you are using in the first step. If you are using a desktop/laptop, you will see an option for downloading/using Adobe Digital Essentials in the second step:


Adobe Digital Essentials

If you already have Adobe Digital Essentials on your computer and have already created an Adobe account, you can click "Done with this step".

If you have not already downloaded Adobe Digital Essentials for eBooks, click on "Get Adobe Digital Editions" to download the software and create an Adobe account.

After you download the Adobe software, you will need to register an account using an e-mail address and a password. If you do not see a prompt to create an account, open the application, click "Help", then click "Authorize Computer". On this page you will be able to authorize your account using an e-mail address as your Adobe ID and a password of your choosing:

You will use this login username and password to sync up the eBook download from your ProQuest account to your Adobe Digital Editions account.  This will allow you to access your checked-out eBooks and downloaded content from any computer that has Adobe Digital Editions so long as you log into the software using your registered account. 


Click "Authorize" and you are all set to begin using this program.


Download the eBook

After downloading Adobe Digital Essentials, proceed to third step to download your eBook. You will have an option to choose your "check-out" period.  This specifies how many days you will have access to this book for offline reading.  When the time runs out the book will no longer be available in your Adobe Digital Essentials account.  You will need to download the book again to get another period of offline access:



Next, download the book and select to open the file using Adobe Digital Editions:


**In some browsers, such as Firefox, you will need to go to the downloads list using the "down arrow" icon in your browser and double-click on the file to open the book in Adobe**



Reading The Book

You can now read the book in Adobe Digital Editions.  If this is a new download, the book will automatically open to the cover page. You can go back to your library/bookshelf by clicking on the icon presented:

You can also keep track of the time remaining on your check-out, as shown here in the banner on the top right corner of the book icon:


The check-out time will count down until the book is "due back" and automatically becomes unavailable in your Adobe Digital Editions account.  The icon of the book will remain to show you your download history.  If you need the book again, you will need to go back through and download the book a second time to get a fresh loan period of up to 21 days.