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EBSCO eBooks Support: Adobe Digital Editions App

Download eBooks to the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) App

The ADE app can be used to download and read eBook from different platforms. You can use it to download eBooks from EBSCO, ProQuest and other eBook platforms. For digital rights management, a free Adobe ID is required to authorise the ADE applications.

If you want to read EBSCO eBooks on mobile devices only, you can also consider the EBSCO Mobile app which does not require an Adobe ID. 

However, the ADE is currently the only app available for desktops and laptops.

If you have not already downloaded the app, you will be prompted to get the app when downloading an eBook from EBSCO eBooks via a web browser.


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Submit a request at Adobe Digital Editions Learn & Support if you are having any problems with the app.

Create Your Free Adobe ID and Authorise Your ADE App

What is an Adobe ID?

An Adobe ID is an account created through the website. The Adobe ID is your email address and a password that you create. This is the ID you will need if you are using Adobe products such as Acrobat and Adobe Digital Editions.

If you already have an ID you do not need to create another one.

How to authorise the ADE app with the Adobe ID?

In the ADE app click the menu icon undefined on the top left corner of the screen. Then select Settings and click Authorize. Enter your Adobe ID and your password and click Authorize.

Settings Authorize | Authorize your device | Authorizing your device enables you to: - Easily transfer Adobe-DRM-protected items between multiple devices - Read Adobe DRM-protected items on computers or mobile devices. - Restore your content from backup whenever you need to re-install the OS. eBook Vendor: Adobe ID linked | Adobe ID field | Password field | Authorize button | Create Adobe ID link | Forgot password? link

Please note that if you have forgotten your Adobe password and you need to reset it, you will have to re-authorise your Adobe apps where required.

Downloading Using EPUB and PDF

Is the recommended format for downloading to mobile devices. It automatically resizes to fit the screen and when font size is adjusted.  EPUB is compatible with iPad/iPhone, Kindle Fire, Galaxy tablets and the Adobe Digital Editions app for iOS and Android devices.

Is recommended for viewing and downloading to desktop app. It does not automatically resize font size to fit to display.

For more information about EPUB and PDF formats read the articles below:

Full Download - Desktop

Login to EBSCO eBooks with your TAFE NSW username and password.

Search for the title that you would like to download. If the book is available for full download, the Full Download option will be activated. This will allow you to download the book for 7 days.

 PDF Full Text and EPUB Full Text circled | Full Download circled  Book entry: Microsoft Teams for Dummies Book cover image: Microsoft Teams

1. Click Full Download.

2. If you have not already clicked on Sign In on the blue bar at the top of the screen, you will need to click on Sign In / Create Account. This will sign you in automatically and you will need to click Full Download again.

Download eBook (Borrow) X Please sign in to your My EBSCOhost account to check availability and download. Sign in/Create account

3. Select loan length, the maximum is 7 days. On the same screen select the download format - PDF or EPUB. Confirm that you have Adobe® Digital Editions or equivalent reader software installed. Then click Full Download.     

Note: If you are downloading to a mobile device select ePUB if available. See instructions for mobile download in box below.



4. The ACSM file will be downloaded. Double-click on the ACSM file which will open the file in the ADE bookshelf. The eBook is also added to your folder, and can be accessed from the blue navigation bar located at the top of the screen

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For more information about downloading and returning eBooks read the articles below:

Library staff on campus may be able to assist with downloading eBooks, but please note we cannot troubleshoot and support all devices. 

Full Download - Mobile Device

Follow instructions from above for steps 1 - 3.

Step 4 for mobile devices using Chrome

The downloaded ACSM file will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on Open and the file will open in the ADE bookshelf.

acsm file | Open linked


Step 4 for iOS mobile devices using Safari 

To access the ACSM file click on the downloads icon  that will appear at the top of the screen then click on the ACSM file which appears below the icon. Click on the uploads icon  and then select the ADE icon.

For more information about downloading to mobile devices see articles and video below: