ebrary is an online platform that hosts e-books. The Libraries subscribe to an ebrary collection focused on education (see the description for ebrary Education); but also own titles in the health sciences and other fields. Titles are discoverable through the catalog as well as through the ebrary portal.
ebrary books are available 24/7, and any number of users can read most available texts ay UB simultaneously. Two reader interfaces, or “readers” are supported. The default reader is QuickView, but an ebrary Reader is also available with additional functionalities. E-books may be explored in a variety of ways, and text can be highlighted and users may take notes. Entire e-books cannot printed; thirty printed pages per session per text are allowed, and copy and paste functionality is supported. E-books and notes can be organized into folders. Additional key features, including the InfoTools option of searching the Web using words in an accessed text, are explained at: http://www.ebrary.com/corp/librariesFeatures.jsp.
The user guide is available at: http://www.ebrary.com/corp/collateral/en/Quick_Guides/Quick_Guide.pdf.
Ebrary books can be downloaded in a variety of ways:
Ebrary books, the ones we subscribe to (Education) and the ones we own, can now be downloaded for 7 or 14 days. Downloaded Ebrary books (via Adobe Digital Editions) may or may not block another user from using the downloaded book. All Ebrary subscription collections (for instance, Education) are multi-user and other users may use the same book or even download it. However, purchased titles may be either single- or multi-user, depending on the option purchased. Single-user titles, when downloaded, block use by another reader until they are returned. To determine whether a title is multi- or single-user: Open it in QuickView and see if there is a “Release this Title” button. If the button is present it is single-use only.
- While you do not need an ebrary account to read online, you will need one to download a book. It takes seconds to set one up.
- You will also need to load Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), it's free, on your computer and, if you wish to transfer texts to an ereader, you will need to authorize and activate your ADE software. You do not need to do this if you intend only to read on your computer. For transferability, you will need an Adobe ID and password. Visit the ADE Help to understand how to use this software. To authorize ADE, go to Create an Adobe Account, click Create an Account, fill in at least the starred fields, and click OK.
Begin your downloading by clicking the Download button while reading online or from within Ebrary itself, that is, while searching in the "portal". Downloaded files (books) will download with a numeric identifier and the .acsm extension. I download them to my desktop and then simply drag and drop them into Adobe Digital Editions.
Computers: To download an ebrary book and to read it on your computer, you must have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) installed. Be sure to set it as your default reader program. (.acsm extension files must be set to open in ADE. If you download ADE, and have not experimented with other programs, this will happen automatically. Firefox will often offer a choice of appropriate programs; IE will not. Defaults are changed by using the Control Panel.) To read an ebrary book on your PC you can also use Sony Reader software (PC and Mac) or Nook for PC. Both are free. Neither is recommended by ebrary; but each respects Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management) and if you are accustomed to one you may prefer it to ADE.
Dedicated e-readers: Ebrary books will not load onto a Kindle. However, ebrary books may be downloaded to a Kindle Fire and they will load onto a Sony reader or Nook as well as other readers. Transfer an ebrary book from your computer to the device after first importing the title into an authorized Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Connect your Nook or Sony Reader to your PC using the provided USB cord, open ADE, and then drag and drop the book’s cover to the Nook or Sony folder on the left. The book will automatically load onto the device.
Apps for Apple and Android Devices (including Kindle Fire)
- Apple devices: These include iPhone, iPod Touch, and Ipad. To download an ebrary book from the Web to an Apple device you must have the Bluefire app installed on the device. The app is free and may be downloaded from iTunes.
- Android devices. These include Acer Smartphones, Acer tablets, Samsung Smartphones and Samsung Tablets. To download an ebrary book to an Android device you must have the Aldiko Book Reader app installed on the device. It may be downloaded from Android Market for $2.99 (as of 29 September 2011); there is also a free version of the app that displays ads. To find it, search Aldiko at the top right of the Web site.
How to put an Ebrary book on an Apple or Android device (including Kindle Fire): Install the appropriate app on the device. Authorize it with the Adobe ID you used to authorize ADE. This is standard and required if you plan to move a text from one device to another.
- For an Apple device: It’s easy with an Apple. From the device itself, go to the EBL book using the web-browser and click download. Assuming the Bluefire app is on the device, the book will be automatically downloaded. With Apple you do not need to go from ADE to the device.
- To load an ebrary book directly from an iPad:
1. Create an Adobe ID (The procedure is described above.)
2. Install the BlueFire app on your iPad
3. Go to the ebrary access point
4. Sign in to your ebrary account
5. Search for the document/ebook you want to download
6. Click on the Download button
7. Select the option to Download the entire book
8. Follow the prompts, including signing is with your Adobe ID
9. The book will appear in your iPad’s BlueFire folder
- For an Android device: After you have the book(s) downloaded to your computer’s Adobe Digital Editions you’ll need to find the location where e-books have been downloaded. Likely locations include: Windows 7: C:\Users\username\My Documents\My Digital Editions\, Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Digital Editions\, and OSX (Mac): Your-home-directory/Documents/Digital Editions/. Then copy the e-book file(s) to a memory card. Insert the card into the device, and then tap the SD Card icon at Home. Put a check in the box beside the file’s name. Then tap the Import to Aldiko button in the pop-up window at the bottom. Or, you can also connect your device to your computer and “treat” is an external hard drive.
- For Kindle Fire: Detailed step-by-step instructions are available at ebrary Knowledge Base. You will need to install the Aldiko Book Reader app on your Fire and you will need Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. You must authorize and activate ADE. Then download the book you wish to read to your computer, open ADE -- if the book does not automatically load into your ADE library find its download location and import it -- and attach Kindle Fire to your computer with its USB cable. You will then see a Kindle icon in the bottom left pane of the ADE interface. Authorize your Kindle for the books to open. Now drag and drop the book from your ADE Library to your Kindle Fire, disconnect your Kindle from your computer and open the Kindle's Aldiko app.
Other guides to the download process:
Ebrary Ebook Downloads; The First Time (Princeton University): http://blogs.princeton.edu/librarian/2011/10/ebrary-ebook-downloads-first-time/
Ebrary Ebook Download Guide (Marlboro College): http://libraryguides.marlboro.edu/ebrary
Downloading ebrary Books (Dowling College): http://www.youtube.com/user/dowlinglibrarian
Ebrary Download Guidance (from Ebrary): http://support.ebrary.com/category/english/download
Most from the mid-1990s forward.
Most of the books in ebrary are not duplicated in print in the UB Libraries; to check for those that are, use the UB Libraries Catalog.