Ebook Central: Copy, Print, and Download

If you are browsing Ebook Central without having signed in, you will be prompted to sign in before you can copy, print or download. Downloads can be made to the following devices for a specific page range, a chapter, or the entire book.

  • Windows or Apple desktop or laptop
  • Chromebooks are not supported at this time
  • Apple or Android phone or tablet

Full Download

  • Go to Ebook Central and sign In (upper right corner)
  • Search for a book and click on the title.
  • Select the blue “Full Download” button
  • The download screen should recognize the device you are using.ProQuest EbookCentral Full Download Device selection screen


      • On laptops and desktops, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions. This is free software that is different than Adobe Reader (the software you might usually use to open PDF files).Proquest Ebook Central Installing Adobe Digital Editions screenshot


    • Choose the appropriate version for Windows or Mac and complete the steps to download the software.
      Adobe Digital Editions download screenshot


    • After installation, return to EBook Central and proceed to the next step where you can choose your download period and your preferred download format if more than one is available.
      Ebook Central download period and format screenshot

      • Download the book to a computer or laptop
        • You will be asked to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. This is optional if you will be reading the book on your computer, but necessary if you want to transfer your book to another device.
        • Note: For subsequent downloads, you will be brought directly to this “Download” step since you will have already installed Adobe Digital Editions.
      • Download the book to a tablet or phone
        • Select “Full Download” on the Book Details page.
        • The download will recognize your iOS or Android device.
        • On tablets and phones, you will need to install the Bluefire Reader (free from the App Store and Google Play).
        • An Adobe ID is required to read the book on a mobile device.
        • Select the “epub” format if available so that you can resize the text if needed.
        • When you download the book, it automatically opens in Bluefire on your device.


    Print or Download a Chapter or Page Range

    Printing or downloading creates a PDF that does not expire. The PDF can then be printed anytime or read offline. The PDF is also searchable.

      • Download a chapter by going to the Book Detail page and selecting “Chapter Download”.Ebook Central download chapter screenshot


    • You will be prompted to choose your citation format.  You can change your citation preference under “Settings” at the top right of the screen.
    • The full citation is automatically included at the bottom of each page.
    • If the chapter is longer than the number of pages you have left to print/download, an error will be displayed. You will need to wait 24 hours to print or download anything further.
    • To select by page range, click the “Print to PDF” icon.Ebook Central print to pdf screenshot


    Print/Download/Copy Page Limits

    For each book, there is a limit on the number of pages that can be copied, printed, or downloaded for each user. These limits are displayed on the book’s detail page and will reset every 24 hours. To see your current status on allowance limits while reading a book, select the book icon (book details) on the left sidebar.

    • Reading Online: Copy limits: 20% of a book’s total pages.
      • Example: For a 200-page book, you can copy text from up to 40 pages every 24 hours.
      • Multiple sections copied from the same page counts as just one copy.
    • Reading Online: Printed or page/chapter downloads: 40% of a book’s total pages
      • Example: For a 200-page book, you can print or download up to 80 pages every 24 hours.
      • Both “Print to PDF” and “Chapter Download” deduct against the same total.
    • Fully downloaded books: 
      • Copy limits: 20% of the book’s total pages from Adobe Digital Editions (for downloading and reading on desktops or laptops) or Bluefire (for downloading and reading on tablets and phones).
      • Print or download limits: 40% of the book’s total pages.
      • Download allowances are separate from the allowances given for reading online.
      • There is no limit to the number of fully-downloaded books you can have at one time.
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