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Downloading eBooks to your iOS device

To download an e-book to your iOS device, once you have identified an e-book of interest, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Sign in to your personal account with ProQuest or EBSCOhost
  2. Click on the download button
  3. Confirm the loan period (typically 7-21 days)
  4. Select the Bluefire Reader app to open the file
  5. Enter your Adobe ID and password (first time only)

The Bluefire Reader app will manage the loan period. Once the loan has expired you will not be able to open the file. 

Two download options are EPUB and PDF.  Please be aware that with the PDF format you can not change the font size.  The only way to do this is the pinch zoom technique on each page.

Downloading eBooks to your Android Device

As of Fall 2019, the Bluefire reader no longer supports the Android version of that app. ProQuest has a great site explaining how to download an e-book to your Android device using Adobe Digital Editions instead of Bluefire.

About Downloading and Using eBooks

Most eBooks can be downloaded for offline viewing.  Once an eBook is downloaded, you can read it on your device without an internet connection.

The last copy of an eBook from ProQuest's Ebook Central (formerly "ebrary") will not be able to be downloaded or checked out. So, for example, if an eBook is single-user, it may not be downloaded. 3-user titles allow 2 downloads, and preserve online access for 1 user. Multiple-user titles may be downloaded.

If we only have access to a single copy of an eBook from eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), it cannot be downloaded.  If it is showing as not available, it is because someone is currently viewing it.  However, if we have unlimited access or concurrent access, all allowed uses can be downloaded. Concurrent access means there can be usually 365 uses per year, and there can be unlimited (within the 365 constraint) simultaneous users at a given time. With EBSCOhost concurrent access, even the last use can be downloaded.

In order to download eBooks from ProQuest and EBSCOhost, you will need to create free accounts for these platforms. Both ProQuest and EBSCOhost will prompt you to sign in or create an account when you download an e-book. 

About eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Screenshot of book record page in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) database showing the download options on the top left side of the screen [PDF, EPUB, or Full Download] and the "Publisher Permissions" and "Concurrent User Level" information at the bottom of the record page.

About Ebook Central from ProQuest

A screenshot of ProQuest's Ebook Central record page for the book "Free-Ranging Cats" showing the "Availability" information and where the "Download" options are located.

Create a User Account for EBSCOhost and ProQuest eBooks

Creating a user account on the EBSCOhost or ProQuest sites is NOT required to use the eBooks. Your UO DuckID is enough to access these materials. If you choose to create an account, you will be able to:

  • Save your eBooks to a virtual bookshelf
  • Organize your eBooks into folders
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