To download an e-book, you need two accounts: 1) The personal account you create at EBSCO or Proquest and 2) a free Adobe id.
Like any published work, copyright on e-books is protected. This means that they can only be downloaded on authorized computers and devices.
You only need to authorize your computer or device one time. Here's how:
If you will read downloaded content on a laptop or desktop: Download the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
Open ADE and authorize your computer. If you are not prompted, you can go to help-->authorize my computer. It will ask you for an adobe ID, which you only need to create once, for free.
If you plan on reading downloaded content on your iPad or tablet, download the free Bluefire reader. You will be prompted to authorize your device using your adobe id.
Make sure you search for e-books on the device you will use to read them. For example, if you want to download to your desktop, search for ebooks on your desktop; if you want to download to you iPad, search for ebooks on your iPad.
Here's a tutorial from EBSCO on how to download their ebooks:
The Proquest eBook Central download process is similar to that of EBSCO eBooks. For more information and illustrations, see the Proquest guide to their eBook collection's download page.
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