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Ebook Help: Downloading Ebooks From Library Databases

About Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is software that is required if you want to download full ebooks from

  • Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • Ebrary
  • PsycBOOKS

Available for Windows, Mac, and iOS devices (iPad, iPod, iPhone)


Adobe Digital Editions

Authorizing with an Adobe ID

If you don’t have an Adobe ID

  • Click the Create an Adobe ID link in ADE


  • Go to
  • Click the SIGN IN link at top right
  • Click Get an Adobe ID under the Sign In button

After creating the ID on the Adobe website, you can close that browser window, return to ADE, and enter the newly-created Adobe ID.

Deauthorize/Reauthorize ADE

If you get an error message about activation, follow these steps


  1. In ADE, either
    • Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + D on the keyboard
    • Mac: Press Command + Shift + D on the keyboard
  2. Make sure the correct AdobeID account is listed in the drop-down menu
  3. Enter the password for that account
  4. Click Continue
  5. Click Erase Authorization
  6. When the process is complete, click OK to return to ADE


  1. In ADE, click Help in the top navigation menu
  2. Click Authorize Computer
  3. Enter your Adobe ID and password
  4. Click Authorize

Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 and above are designed to work with assistive technologies on Mac and Windows. It has

  • support for full keyboard controls (tab navigation and shortcuts)
  • improved text enlargement
  • support for high-contrast modes

Shortcuts are listed in the Getting Started eBook that is installed along with the Adobe Digital Editions.

You must separately install/enable a screen reader application. Links for compatible screen readers are listed below.


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