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Introduction to Ebook Central

Most of ebooks in this platform are single user access - meaning that only one person at a time can read the book online. You can read a digital copy of the book from your computer or tablet without the need for additional software. 

There are a few books that are available for an unlimited number of readers online in addition to the option to download the ebook, like The Do's: Osteopathic Medicine in America. The access note in the catalog will state unlimited users and the Available for Download option will be displayed in ebrary.

How to Download an ebook - Step 1: Create a Personal Account

Step One: Create an ebray account:

(Remember, most books are not available for for download.)

After you select Available for Download, you will be prompted to register for a personal account. Ebrary required you to create a personal account in order to download the ebook. The username/password you select to register for an account should NOT be your DMU credentials.

  1. Click the Sign-in button in the upper right corner.
  2. On the Sign In page, click Create an account. Please do not register for an account with your DMU credentials. Pick a new username and password.

  3. Complete the form, and then click Create New Account.

What is a “personal ebrary account” and why do I need one? To use certain Ebook Central features, you need to first register for a personal account in this sytem.

  • Download an entire book using Adobe Digital Editions and the BlueFire app for your mobile device.
  • Download a chapter or page range as a PDF
  • Make notes
  • Highlight text
  • Create folders in your Bookshelf to organize your ebrary books

How to Download an ebook - Step 2: Download Software

How to Copy or Print

You can Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range for any ebrary document (up to the same number of pages you can print on your ebrary site). You can then read the image PDF file offline on your computer using any standard PDF viewer.  You can also transfer the file to a mobile device or e-reader, including the Kindle.

  • Image PDF files don’t expire.
  • You cannot search text or make annotations in an image PDF.
  • When you download a pdf, you are limited to a specific number of pages.  For more about the number of pages that can be image-PDF downloaded, see: http://support.ebrary.com/kb/limits
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