Check out eBooks

LIS offers access to several thousand electronic books, all found in our online library catalog. Most of these titles are provided by one of three different ebook providers, each of which have slightly different methods for checking out or accessing their content. The sections below describe the processes for accessing ebooks from each provider.

Table of Contents

ebrary
EBSCO eBooks/Netlibrary

ebrary

eBooks - ebrary ScreenshotExample of ebrary record

Ebrary titles appear in a web-based viewer as shown above, with a resizable page image on the left, and table of contents and bibliographic information on the right. Luther students, faculty, and staff may login using their Norse Keys in order to save a given title to their bookshelf. The Norse Key login also provides off-campus access to ebrary titles, and allows downloading of titles.

For Windows and Linux users, there is a desktop reader available for download by clicking the purple “ebrary Reader” button.

Ebrary allows multiple users to check out or view the same title at the same time. This means it would be possible for a class to use an ebrary title as a common reading.

Downloading ebrary titles

From a web browser

Users with a Norsekey account may download ebrary titles in one of two ways, both accessible from the “Download” button in the ebrary tool bar. This displays a pop-up asking you to log in, then details the downloading options.

Standard-image PDF (one page range or chapter at time)
This format allows you to generate a PDF file that can be read on any PDF-capable device, including Mac and PC, Kindle, Nook, and iPad. You may select to create a file by chapter, or by indicating a page range. Each title may have a different maximum allowable page range, which is set by the publisher.

Special Format. The Entire Document
Titles are also available in Adobe Digital Editions format, which allows checkout for up to 14 days.

Users must download the Adobe Digital Editions reader (for Mac or PC), and create an account. This account does not need to match Luther’s Norse Key.

To install Adobe Digital Editions:

It is also possible to download ebrary titles to a variety of Adobe Digital Editions-compatible ebook readers. Use of these readers requires creation of an Adobe Digital Editions account. See below for guidance on a selection of devices.

iPad & Android

There are a handful of iPad & Android applications compatible with Abobe Digital Editions. One app popular in the library community is Bluefire Reader. This app allows you to download a title directly from the mobile browser.

Dedicated ereaders (Nook, Sony eReader)

Visit Adobe support for more information.

NOTE: At this time, Adobe Digital Editions titles are not compatible with the Kindle.

EBSCO eBooks / NetLibrary

eBooks - EBSCO eBooks / NetLibraryExample of EBSCO ebook record

EBSCO titles first display the bibliographic information as shown above. From this screen it is possible to navigate to the web-based viewer (shown below), or download the title to your computer or mobile device. The titles in this collection were formerly provided by NetLibrary.

From the web-based interface, titles can be browsed without signing in. Downloaded content may be checked out for up to 7 days, and holds may be placed on materials already checked out. Most EBSCO titles are available to multiple simultaneous users.

For some users, EBSCO ebooks only display the first page of a chapter/section. This is caused by PDF viewing settings on the host computer. To resolve this issue, follow the steps found here: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=6682

See below for more information on downloading EBSCO titles.

eBooks - EBSCO eBook ReaderExample of EBSCO ebook reader

Downloading EBSCO eBooks

In order to download titles, users must create a “My EBSCOhost” account, from the Luther campus network. This account works across all EBSCO databases, such as Academic Search Complete, ERIC, PsycInfo, etc. Users must also download and install Adobe Digital Editions software to their computer and/or compatible reader software to their mobile devices.

To create an EBSCO account:

  1. From an on-campus computer, visit any EBSCO database and click the “Sign in” link on the upper right.
  2. In the middle-right of the login page, click the “Create a new Account” link.
  3. Fill in the information requested. NOTE: You are not required to use the same login information as your Norse Key, and LIS recommends at least choosing a different password for this account.

Users must also download the Adobe Digital Editions reader, and create an account. Again, this account does not need to match Luther’s Norse Key.

To install Adobe Digital Editions:

It is also possible to download EBSCO titles to a variety of Adobe Digital Editions-compatible ebook readers. Use of these readers requires creation of an Adobe Digital Editions account. See below for guidance on a selection of devices.

iPad & Android

There are a handful of iPad & Android applications compatible with Abobe Digital Editions. One app popular in the library community is Bluefire Reader. This apps allows you to download a title directly from the mobile browser.

Dedicated ereaders (Nook, Sony eReader)

Visit Adobe support for more information.

NOTE: At this time, Adobe Digital Editions titles are not compatible with the Kindle.