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How to download & print ebooks

Ebook publishers have different permissions and restrictions for printing, saving, and downloading.

Database
printer
Print selected pages
pdf
Save selected pages as PDF
download
Download ebook for offline reading

Alexander Street Press

  • African American Music Reference
  • Classical Music Reference Library
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
yes

yes

(PDF printer)

no
Credo Academic Collections yes yes no

EBSCOhost

  • eBook Collection
yes

yes

(PDF printer)

no
Ebook Central

yes 

Limit 10-40% per title

yes 

Limit 10-20% per title

yes

2 week checkout

Encyclopedia Britannica
Academic

yes

(PDF printer)

no

Gale

  • Encyclopedia of American Law
  • Interactive Human Anatomy
  • Literature Criticism
yes yes no

JSTOR

  • Language and Literature

yes

 

no
OverDrive no no yes

Salem Press

yes yes no

 

Download an ebook

printer

Print page(s) of an ebook.

pdf

Save page(s) of an ebook in PDF format for reading offline.

(PDF Printer) Some ebooks require a PDF virtual printer to be installed (see below).

Once you have the PDF, you can read it anywhere!

  • Use Adobe Reader for PC or Mac
  • Upload to Google Docs/Dropbox/OneDrive
  • Transfer to tablet via USB

adobe digital editions logo

Some ebooks can be downloaded in ACSM format and opened in Adobe Digital Editions (available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS).

 

Install a PDF virtual printer

On a PC

If you don't have a PDF printer on your computer, install this free one. It lets you "print" the document and save it as a PDF.

  1. Install CutePDF Writer.
  2. Use the ebook's "Print" button.
  3. Choose the "CutePDF Writer" printer.
  4. Choose a location to save the PDF.
On a Mac

Your Mac already has a built-in PDF printer.

When the print dialog pops up:

  1. Find the PDF button in the lower left corner and select "Save as PDF".
  2. Click on "Save" in the dialog box and save it to where you want to.

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