Answered By: . Research Desk
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2015     Views: 2292


Here are some instructions for dowloading ebooks for offline use. It takes some time so be patient, once you get it going it's a nice feature!

Before your first download

1.  Create a free login/account in eBooks on EBSCOhost (click Sign In on the top of the eBooks on EBSCOhost front page and then Create New Account). If you already have a My EBSCOhost account you can skip this step.

2.  Create a free Adobe login/account to use with Adobe Digital Editions your computer and/or mobile device.

4.  Download Adobe Digital Editions for your PC, if it does not already have the program (this step may not be necessary if your mobile device can download the e-books directly, including Kindle Fires and iPads).

5.  Download the EBSCO eBook App or Bluefire Reader for your iOS device (via Google Play or iTunes), droid-enabled tablet, or Kindle Fire. You may need to download your book to a computer with Adobe Digital Editions before you can open it in Bluefire Reader.

To download your e-book

1.  Login to the eBooks on EBSCOhost and locate e-books of interest.

2.  Select the download option.

3.  On a PC: Open Adobe Digital Editions and your ebook should be loaded there.

4.  If you are using Bluefire Reader, provide Adobe Digital Editions username and password when prompted to access your Adobe Digital Editions books.

5.  On a Droid-enabled tablet or phone, or on an iOS device, books can often be directly downloaded from your device's web browser through the e-book download page, and they will open automatically in Bluefire Reader if the Bluefire Reader has been "authorized" with your Adobe Digital Editions i.d. and password.  You can do this in Bluefire Reader settings, and the setting will remain indefinitely.


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Comments (3)

  1. I am receiving an error when attempting this - the book will download to bluefire but when I attempt to open it I receive an error message stating 'ERROR: No Token'. Any advice for getting past this? Cheers
    by simone on May 24, 2013.
  2. I am having the exact same problem...pls help someone...
    by Suman on Jun 21, 2013.
  3. After checking with EBSCO and Bluefire, it appears that when you get the "No Token" error, the problem is with the Bluefire app. According to Bluefire, the solution is to: a) Restart the device, then b) Redownload the EBSCO ebook. If this doesn't help, anyone is welcome to email Bluefire Technical Support for help. Send an email to
    by Librarian Reference Desk on Jun 24, 2013.

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