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Information about accessing electronic books from AMBS Library
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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E-books in AMBS WorldCat

AMBS WorldCat contains records for all AMBS e-books. Some are purchased and limited to AMBS users (ebrary and EBSCO eBooks). Other e-books are freely available (Hathi Trust, Internet Archive, Open Library).

Click on the View Now link to open the e-book.


Free e-book sites

Please see our guide to free e-book options.

Paid E-book sites

AMBS library purchases e-books from two sources. What you can do with an e-book depends on the service that provides it.

ebrary logo

EBSCO ebooks logo



ebrary logo

All Ebrary e-books may be viewed on Ebrary's site via any web browser.

Remote access

Ebrary's site can be accessed remotely by entering your library barcode and password when prompted.

Print a selection

Choose "Read online" and then choose the printer icon to download a printable PDF selection. Each book has a limited number of pages available for printing. The interface will tell you how many pages you can print.

Download a chapter

The ebrary reader has a chapter download option, signified by an icon that looks like a page with a down arrow. Choose "Read online," find the chapter you want to download, then choose the chapter download option to download a PDF. This download will not expire, so it can be saved for later.

Download the whole book

For most devices, but not Kindle, entire e-books may be downloaded to your computer, e-reader or mobile device for 14 days. You have to first install Adobe Digital Editions, create an Adobe account, and activate your device. Ebrary's interface takes you through the steps needed to download a book.

Get the Bluefire Reading App

Ebrary utilizes the free Bluefire reading app, available for Apple and Google Play. You may want to access helpful Bluefire support information.



EBSCO ebooks logo

All EBSCO e-books may be viewed on EBSCO's site via any web browser.

Remote access

EBSCO's site can be accessed remotely by entering your library barcode and password when prompted.

Print a selection

You may print a selection from the book. Often, this is up to 60 pages or a single chapter, but the limits vary by publisher. You may not print more than one copy of the same pages. See this brief video tutorial for instructions.

Access Limitations

Many of the EBSCO e-books are limited to one user at a time. If someone else is using the book, EBSCO will display a message indicating you cannot access it because it is already in use. You will need to wait until 15 minutes after the other person closes the web browser where they were viewing the book. Out of courtesy to other users, please close EBSCO e-books immediately when you are finished reading them.

Download a selection

You save selections of up to 60 pages or a single chapter as a .pdf and transfer it to your computer, e-reader or mobile device, including a Kindle. See this brief video tutorial for instructions.

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Adobe Digital Editions

AMBS e-book sites use Adobe Digital Editions to manage downloaded content.

Adobe Digital Editions works with many electronic reading and mobile devices (e.g. Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, various Android devices).

Unfortunately, Adobe Digital Editions does not work with Kindle devices.

To set up Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Create an Adobe Account
  2. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions on your device
  3. Activate Adobe Digital Editions on your device

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