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How do I download an ebook to my computer or reader device?

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E-books for the academic library market cannot be downloaded in quite the same way that public library e-books can, or personal e-books that you buy from Amazon or B&N.

Only two of our providers (ebrary and EBL) allow downloading of the entire book for a limited period (1 or 2 weeks). These titles can only be downloaded in EPUB format, which requires Adobe Digital Editions software. For details, see ebooks download options and working with EPUB.

It's much easier to download just a portion of the book (usually a chapter at a time, or up to 60 pages) as a regular old PDF file, which you get to keep forever. For instructions, see Ebooks: Downloading PDF Chapters.

And of course, you can always just read our e-books online.