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eReaders

EBSCO or Download Centre* eBooks for eReaders

Updated March, 2014

Confused about what eReader is right for you? See Wikipedia's comparison chart for more information. Please note that not all devices are compatible with the eBooks available for free from public libraries. There is a column on the comparison chart that indicates if the device is 'library compatible'.

* Bestseller fiction eBooks are available from both Elgin County's Download Centre and London Public Library's Digital Catalogue. Elgin County Library patrons may acquire a free London Public Library card by registering at any LPL branch with proof of identification.

Important considerations before you begin:

  • In Canada, Kobo is the most common brand of eReader that can be used to borrow eBooks from public library collections because they are compatible with ePUB and PDF file formats. (Kindle devices are only compatible with eBooks in the United States due to licensing issues). Traditional eReader devices use eInk technology that is similar to reading off the printed page because the screen is not backlit.
  • eBooks can also be downloaded to tablet devices, such as iPad, Microsoft's Surface, Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Kobo tablets. These devices offer a reading experience that is more like reading text from a computer screen. Whether you choose an eInk reader or a tablet is a matter or personal preference and comfort.
  • If you want to download free eBooks from the library, your device must be compatible with OverDrive and/or compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. Some wi-fi devices can download eBooks directly without the need to connect it by cable to your PC. These devices require the download of apps from iTunes for Apple Devices, Google Play for Android Devices, or Windows Marketplace for Microsoft Devices.
  • The library is unable to support download and transfer of eBooks using our public computers due to copyright restrictions. Unless you have a wi-fi device, you will need to have a PC at home to use this service.

The following instructions are intended for users of devices without wireless internet access. If you have a wi-fi device, please ask staff for assistance.

Kobo

  • You will need to download Adobe Digital Editions before you can download eBooks to your PC from either EBSCOhost, Elgin County Library's Download Centre or London Public Library's Digital Catalogue (OverDrive).
  • You will need to set up an Adobe Account and link it to your copy of Adobe Digital Editions before you can begin. Once you have set up your account, link it to Adobe Digital Editions by going to the Library menu and selecting “Authorize Computer”. You will be prompted to enter the ID and password you just created for your Adobe Account.
  • The first time you connect your eReader to your computer, you will need to “Authorize the device” for use with Adobe Digital Editions. If Adobe Digital Editions does not open automatically when you plug in your eReader, launch the program manually.
  • If you choose to download eBooks from EBSCO, you also need to set up an EBSCOhost account. Look for the link to “Create a Free Account” to get started.
  • If you choose to download eBooks from Elgin County Library's Download Centre or London Public Library’s Digital Catalogue, you will need to have the correct library card number ready.

eBooks on EBSCOhost Downloads from Elgin County Library

To check out and download an eBook to your computer:

  1. 1. Search for the eBook that you want to download.
  2. Click the Download (Offline) link.
  3. If prompted, log in to your EBSCOhost account. You may need to resubmit your search.
  4. Choose the number of days for which you would like to have the eBook checked out. Maximum 7 days.
  5. Click Checkout and Download.
  6. Click Open in the file download box that appears.

    The eBook downloads and opens in Adobe Digital Editions. The eBook PDF file is saved to the My Digital Editions folder in the My Documents folder on your computer.

    Note: If you click Save in the file download box, you save an ACSM file on your computer. Double-click the file to open it in Adobe Digital Editions.

  7. Enjoy reading the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions, or transfer it to an eReader.

Download Centre (OverDrive) Downloads from Elgin County Library

To check out and download an eBook to your computer:

  1. Search for the eBook that you want to download in the Download Centre.
  2. Click the Borrow link for the title.
  3. Click Go to Bookshelf.
  4. If prompted, enter your Elgin County Library card number and click Login.
  5. The default lending period is 7 days but you can change it to 14 days by clicking on Account and Settings.  You may wish to change the lending period to 14 days for eBooks.
  6. Choose the format by clicking on the Other Formats drop-down menu.  Select either ePUB or PDF format for ebooks. Confirm the format when prompted. 
  7. Click Open in the file download box that appears.

    The eBook downloads and opens in Adobe Digital Editions. The eBook PDF file is saved to the My Digital Editions folder in the My Documents folder on your computer.

    Note: If you click Save in the file download box, you save an ACSM file on your computer. Double-click the file to open it in Adobe Digital Editions.
     

  8. Enjoy reading the eBook in Adobe Digital Editions, or transfer it to an eReader.

Transfer an eBook to a portable device

After you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer it to a compatible portable device. Simply plug your device into your computer, look for the device icon in the left hand menu in Adobe Digital Editions, and drag the eBook title to the icon.

If you have an eReader with wireless service, you may be able to download directly to your device.

What happens when the eBook expires?

The cover art remains on the eReader, but when you try to open the file, it is blank. Unfortunately, eReaders don’t provide a message that “the rights have expired”

How do you remove the cover art that refers back to expired loans?

Connect your eReader to your computer and go into Adobe Digital Editions. You should see the items you had checked out with an indicator on them that the file is expired. Click on the cover and press the Delete key. The item will be removed from both Adobe Digital Editions and your eReader.