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Reading ebooks found in EDS

The Ebsco Discovery Service finds ebook from many resources, but it also provides access to more than 120 thousand of its own ebooks that can be read "natively" within the discovery service interface. For ebooks from other services, the discovery service provides a link to the full-text, but reading and/or downloading options will be in a different interface. The instructions below are for ebooks on the native Ebsco platform.

Reading Ebooks on Ebsco

eBook Detailed Record

A Detailed Record can be viewed by clicking an eBook title in the Result list. From the Detailed Record, you can read or download the eBook using the links in the left column. From the right column, you can print, email, save, or export the record, as well as add the details about the eBook to your folder.

Detailed Record 1

At the bottom of the Detailed Record, you can view Search Terms Within this eBook and the Table of Contents. Both sections can be collapsed or expanded by clicking the plus (+) or minus (-) in the upper left corner of the section.

  • Search Terms Within this eBook: Displays the most relevant sections of the eBook in which your search terms appear in the text.

  • Table of Contents: Displays the Table of Contents for the eBook you are viewing. Clicking on a hyperlinked chapter opens the chapter in the eBook Viewer tool.

Ebsco Ebook Viewer

eBook Viewer

eBooks can be read online in the eBook Viewer by clicking the eBook Full Text link on the Result List or Detailed Record.

Note: If you are using a Mac with an older version of Safari, you will need to install a PDF Browser plug-in in order to use the eBook Viewer.

Click to download the Schubert|it plug-in.

eBook Viewer Tool

In the top toolbar of the eBook Viewer, you can click the BackNew Search, or Exit links to check in the eBook after you have finished viewing it.

Included in the Tools column on the right, are tools that allow you to search within the text of the eBook and save a note on the eBook in your My EBSCOhostfolder.

  • Search Within eBook - Click the magnifying glass icon to search for terms within the eBook.

  • Create a Note icon - Click the note icon to create a note about the eBook or a page of the eBook and save it to your personal folder.

  • Dictionary Icon - Click the dictionary icon to search for definitions of words in the eBook you are reading.

Using the eBook Viewer Toolbar

Viewer Toolbar

  • Fit Page to Viewport: Click the icon to fit the entire page into the viewport.

  • Fit Page Width: Click the icon to fit the page by width in the viewing area.

  • Fit Page: Click the icon to view the entire page in the viewing area.

  • Zoom Out: Click the icon to zoom out on the page.

  • Zoom In: Click the icon to zoom in on the page.

Viewer Toolbar

  • Location Slider: Drag the location slider right or left to go to a specific page of the eBook. The left and right arrows on either side of the slider bar take you to the beginning or end of the eBook. The page number updates in the Page Navigation box as you drag the location slider.

  • Page Navigation: Use the page navigation arrows to move up or down one page at a time or enter a page number in the field provided and click Go.

EPUB Format

EPUB is an open eBook standard and file format that allows you to increase the size of the font, enabling you to optimize the viewing experience on desktop computers, smart phones, and tablets.

In cases when you are viewing an eBook in ePub format, the toolbar appears as shown.

ePub toolbar

  • Fit Page to Viewport: Click the icon to fit the entire page into the viewport.

  • Zoom Out: Click the icon to display the text in a smaller font size.

  • Zoom In: Click the icon to display text in a larger font size.


  • EPUB format is not compatible with Internet Explorer browsers 7 & 8. When trying to open an EPUB format eBook in IE 7 or 8, you are prompted to upgrade your browser to IE 9. For more info about EPUB, click here.

  • While the text-to-speech feature is not available in the eBook Viewer, you are able to download sections of an eBook in PDF format and use the Adobe Reader Read Aloud functionality to hear the eBook section read out loud.

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