How can I find and view e-books online?
This is the easiest way to use e-books! Click here to learn how!
Can I download e-books to my phone or tablet?
- Download the EBSCO eBooks app from Google Play or iTunes (the app is not currently available for Windows devices).
- Select Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary from the Library Locator.
- Search or browse the e-books from the main menu. Note: if you are off campus you may be prompted to login with your seminary credentials.
- Hit the Download button and login with your MyEBSCOhost account (see below) to save a copy of the book to your device for up to seven days.
Watch a video about the EBSCO eBooks app here. Detailed instructions and troubleshooting information available here.
What do I need to set up in order to download EBSCO e-books to my computer to read offline?
You can find detailed instructions in the Downloading and Using e-Books at Austin Seminary: The Basics handout (PDF). Note: you can view and read an e-book online on your computer without downloading it by clicking the PDF or EPUB Full Text link on the left side of the detailed e-book record.
You will need to:
(1) Create a login on the EBSCOhost site
(2) Download Adobe Digital Editions [free software]
(3) Create an Adobe ID (OPTIONAL); and
(4) Use Adobe Digital Editions and your Adobe ID to authorize your computer and your portable devices. If you don’t have an Adobe ID you can also check “I want to authorize my computer without an ID” on the authorization screen. You only need to download the software and authorize your devices the first time you download an e-book from EBSCO.
More information on checking out and downloading an EBSCO e-book can be found here.
Not every e-book is downloadable, some can only be read online through the EBSCOhost interface. To find just books that are downloadable, refine your search by checking the "Download Available" box on the left side of the search results screen.
Remember: if you are off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your seminary credentials.
I'm having problems reading EBSCO e-books online with my Mac - what should I do?
To use the online viewer with a Mac, you need to install the Adobe Reader plugin for the browser you wish to use.
When I try to view EBSCO e-books online in my web browser, I'm prompted to download PDFs of the pages, one page at a time:
To fix this issue, follow the instructions for the browser you are using at this link. Additional information about this problem can be found on the EBSCO help pages here.
Where can I download Adobe Digital Editions?
Adobe Digital Editions is available for free here.
For help installing and using Adobe Digital Editions, see the E-Books for Texans page here.
Which devices are compatible with EBSCO e-books?
Compatible e-readers include the iPad, Android tablets, all iOS and Android phones, and any e-book reader supporting the Adobe e-book DRM. More detailed information is available here. Note that EBSCO currently does not support any mobilie devices that run on the Windows operating system.
Can I transfer e-books to my Kindle e-reader?
Because Kindle uses a proprietary format, you can’t download e-books directly from EBSCO to your Kindle Reader. You can, however, use Amazon’s Send to Kindle option to send e-book pages saved in the PDF format to your Kindle reader or app. Note that the number of pages you can print to PDF is set by the publisher and will vary from title to title, and the maximum for any title is 60 pages.
How can I delete expired e-books from Adobe Digital Editions?
When your check-out period is over the e-books you have downloaded will automatically become inactive. If you click Remove from library from the dialog box that pops up when you try to open the book it will delete the book from your library, but not from your computer. To completely delete the book from your computer, right click on the cover image, click Show file in Explorer and manually delete the highlighted PDF or EPUB file from the explorer window.