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Ebooks: Ebook Central

Downloading an entire Ebook Central ebook

To download whole books from Ebook Central for short term loan, you will need three things:

  • An RRU username and password to get into the book in first place
  • An account with Ebook Central
  • An account with Adobe Digital Editions and the software to read Adobe Digital editions files

Here is the process to follow.

To download an entire ebook click on the Download Book button to the left of the book description.

Note: Note that there is a time limit to the loan and that not every Ebook Central ebook is available for download.

Log in with your Ebook Central username and password. If you do not have one, you can create one now.

Note: This username and password is between you and Ebook Central. It is not linked to your RRU account.


Once you're logged into Ebook Central, there are three more steps:

STEP 1: Choose the device you want to download the ebook to. 

choose device to download ebook onto

STEP 2:  Download the Adobe Digital Editions or Blufire Reader software.  You will be prompted to do so in Step 2.  If you already have this software installed, then continue to Step 3.

STEP 3: Download your book

NOTE: You can download Ebook Central for up to 21 days. At the end of this time, the book will become inaccessible and you will need to go through the download process again. 

Additional information about downloading Ebook Central ebooks is available on the Ebook Central site (select document downloading).


Using Ebook Central ebooks

The easiest method for reading an Ebook Central ebook is by clicking on the Available for Online Reading link from within an ebook.

The Ebook Central reading panel allows users to search for keywords, highlight and make notes, and use the personal bookshelf.

An Ebook Central account is required to use this option.

Creating an Ebook Central account

To create an Ebook Central account click on the Sign In link in the top right corner of any Ebook Central ebook or the main Ebook Central page.



Next select the Join Ebook Central link.

This username and password is not connected to your RRU username and password.

Downloading a chapter

Select the Available for Online Reading link to open the ebook.

Click on the chapter you wish to download from within the contents list (left side of the reading panel) and then the chapter download icon (top of the reading icon).


Select the current chapter option. The chapter will be downloaded as a pdf.

Entire Ebook Central ebooks are not available for downloading in a pdf format, due to copyright/licensing restrictions.

Downloading an Ebook Central ebook to more than one device

The first time you open an Ebook Central book (which has an .acsm extension) with ADE, you will be asked to "Authorize Your Computer". The ebook vendor showing by default is "Adobe ID"; do not modify this default.

Note that you only need to enter an Adobe ID and password if you want to transfer the book to another device. If you want to authorize your computer without an Adobe ID, check the box at the bottom left corner of the screen: "I want to Authorize my computer without an ID".