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How do I check out or download eBooks from AU Libraries?

Last Updated: Feb 04, 2014  |  64 Views

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While you can preview an eBook online without any special softwareAdobe Digital Editions allows you to read the content of an eBook you have downloaded for offline use and to move the book to a supported remote eReader device via a USB connection. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) can't be downloaded on AULibraries public or OIT lab computers since downloaded items must stay with the copy of ADE it is downloaded to or with devices synced to that copy of ADE via the users Adobe ID.

Adobe Digital Editions is required to download most AULibraries eBooks for checkout. You will be asked to create an Adobe Account if you don't already have one. Creating an account is free and only takes a minute; also, the email address you use to create your ID does not have to be your Auburn email.  Creating an account allows you to sync devices to your copy of Adobe Digital Editions via your Adobe ID.  Here is a list of ADE-supported eReader devices. Note: some mobile devices, such as the iPad or Kindle Fire, require special software to function as readers and ADE will not recognize that device as a reader without that software loaded on the device.

Check out our Electronic Books Libguide for more information.

Note: At this time, eBooks from EBL, Ebrary, and EBSCO can't be "checked out" from AULibraries public or OIT Lab computers since the download must stay with the copy of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) it is downloaded to and is only transferrable to the devices synced to that copy of ADE.  The online preview is available at library workstations.

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