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Learn about the ebook resources RRU Library subscribes to and how to access them.

Quick access to Ebook Central titles

Read online

The easiest way to open an Ebook Central ebook is to click "Read online" from the book's launch page. There are no use restrictions on reading the books this way. From here, you can navigate the table of contents or keyword search the entire book.

Downloading a chapter

You can download single chapters either from the book's launch page or the top menu ribbon in the online reader.

  • There is a limit to how many individual chapters you can download (the limit is based on the length of the book).
  • Individual chapter downloads do not expire -- they are yours to keep.

Downloading an entire ebook

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

  • An RRU username and password
  • Adobe Digital Editions software (it's free)

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

The process of downloading an ebook involved several steps, but the Ebook Central platform will guide you through them. Here's a brief overview of the process. Please let us know if you encounter difficulties.

  1. Click Download Book (beneath the book cover image)
  2. Log in to Ebook Central. This process may happen automatically, or you may be prompted to enter your RRU username and password. .
  3. Choose the device you want to download the ebook to (laptop/desktop, iOS device, Android device, or other).
  4. Download Adobe Digital Editions. If you already have this software installed (or once you have installed it), choose "Done with this step" at the bottom of the screen.

  5. Choose your loan period and download your book.

NOTE: At the end of your loan period, the book will become inaccessible. You can go through the download process again, though it will probably be necessarily to delete the now-inaccessible old copy of the ebook from your Adobe Digital Editions software.

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

If you've followed the steps above you should now have:

  • A downloaded ebook file with an .acsm extension (it'll be wherever your downloaded files usually go)
  • Adobe Digital Editions installed on your device

The first time you open your book with Adobe Digital Editions, you will be asked to "Authorize Your Computer". The ebook vendor showing by default is "Adobe ID"; do not modify this default.

If you are on a laptop or desktop computer: 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".

If you are on a mobile device: You will not be able to read your book without entering an Adobe ID. You will need to create a new one if you don't have one already.