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Using Ebook Central Digital Texts

There are over 120,000 etexts in the Kellogg Library subscriptions.  The majority of these texts are part of the ProQuest Ebook Central collection, and many faculty are assigning texts in this collection in place of publisher's textbooks. ProQuest  has developed a browser-based eReader platform with all the features you'd expect, including offline reading, highlighting, searching, notes and limited printing. To access these features, you'll need to create a ProQuest Ebook account and save the book to your bookshelf.

Create an Account

If your instructor has provided a link to the ebook, you will likely be prompted to log on. Use your CSUSM credentials.  This will create your Ebook account.  If you have navigated to the ebook through the library search, you will prompted to log in when you select the "Add to Bookshelf" or  "Download for Offline Reading" options.

photo of Kellogg Library detail page for a Proquest Ebook


You can also download Ebook Central books for offline reading when the internet isn't available.  However, to download the full book, you'll need to install some free software.  You can also download individual chapters as a PDF.  The features of the eReader are not available in the downloaded version, so you won't be able to access or add to any annotations you made while reading online. 

When you download a book, it is "checked out" to you for 14 days, though it is still available for other students to read online, and checkout as well.   You can check the book back in at any time.  Once the 14 days has passed, the book will automatically be checked in, and no longer available to you offline.  You can checkout the book as often as you need to.

Download the Full Book

1. Select the Full Download button or link.  The system will identify the type of device you are using.  Verify this is correct, or click the correct device type, then click Continue. 

eBook Central download full text-photo of Device Used screen

2. You'll be prompted to download either the Bluefire reader for mobil devices, or the Adobe Digital Editions software for desktops and laptops.  You'll also need to create an Adobe ID and password.

photo of screen for Adobe digital editions software download  or   photo of ebook central download bluefire reader software

3. Once the software is downloaded, return to the eBook Central download screen and click "Done with this step". 

4. On the next screen, select the Download button.  You will be prompted to open the software and log in with your Adobe ID.

Download  Individual Chapters

You can read individual chapters with Adobe Acrobat or Mendeley. Mendeley is free, and  has robust annotation functions, so if you're going to be mostly reading offline, we highly recommend it. 

1. Select the Download PDF link to the right of the chapter title, in the Table of Contents.

photo of Table of Contents for an Ebook Central text, with download chapter link

2. After the download is ready, click the Download button and SAVE the file to your computer.

PDF ready to download photo from Ebook Central downloading chapter

 3. Open the file with Adobe Acrobat or Mendeley.