From our NLA campuses, you can search and read e-books online, but you need to create an Ebsco account to be able to check out and download books. You can create a personal user while connected to a NLA IP address. When logged in to your account, you will be able to access Ebsco e-books and other products from Ebsco from off campus sites as well.
To downloading e-books on your computer, you need Adobe Digital Editions. This software is free and you can download from this site. Downloading works easy with Explorer and Firefox, and we suggest you use one of those browsers and not Chrome.
For phones and tablets, the EBCSO ebooks app, allows search and downloads from within the app. The app is free and you can download it from Google play or iTunes. See more information from Ebsco on how the app works.
For tablets, Bluefire Reader is also an alternative for downloads, but with Bluefire you can only read downloaded books, not search the collection and download more books. To search you need to go to the Ebsco webpage.
All the programs above will ask for an Adobe ID, and you may create an ID when asked, but it is also possible to click authorize without Adobe ID.
E-books step by step
- Create a personal account with Ebsco
- Download the EBSCO Ebooks app or Bluefire reader for phone/tablet, or Adobe Digital Editions for computer. When asked to log on with your Adobe ID, create a new ID by filling in name, e-mail and password.
- You are now ready to download e-books, either from the Ebsco webpage or directly within the ebooks app.
The loan period for e-books is usually 4 weeks.