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Ebook Central: Copy, Print, and Download

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 list of supported devices, operating systems, and browsers

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.

Install Adobe Digital Editions

  • 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).
  • Choose the appropriate version for Windows or Mac and complete the steps to download the software.
  • When you first download Adobe Digital Editions, you will get a screen asking to authorize your computer. Click the box “I want to authorize my computer without an ID”. You do not need to have a vendor login ID or vendor password.

Authorize your computer

On the “Authorize Your Computer” screen, you do not need to have a Vendor Login ID or Password. You can simply click the “I want to authorize my computer without an ID” checkbox then click the “Authorize” button.

Choose your download period and preferred format

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.

Download the book

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

  • To access an Ebook Central book on your mobile phone, the best way is to download the book for offline reading using Adobe Digital Editions on iOS or Android devices.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Safari (iOS) or Chrome (Android) on your device.  Ebook Central does not work with Internet Explorer 8 or 9. Note: Gestures and accessibility are not supported on mobile devices.
  • Select “Full Download” on the Book Details page.
  • The download will recognize your iOS or Android device.
  • 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.

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”.
  • 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.

Print, download, and 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, laptops, or mobile devices).
  • Print or download limits: 40% of the book’s total pages.
  • Download allowances are separate from the allowances given for reading online.

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