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EBooks: Ebook Central (ebrary)

A guide to the electronic books collections available through the BGSU Libraries.

ProQuest Ebook Central Quick Facts

Coverage: Mostly 2000 to present
Users: Many allow unlimited simultaneous users but some are limited to 5 (Ashgate books) or 6 (Rowman & Littlefield books) users at a time
Contains: Business books (over 17,000), Education books (over 3,000), and selected books on other subjects. Features a robust interface that allows users to highlight passages, take notes, save favorites, create folders, and return to their customized content through a personal profile they create
Best for: Business, economics, education
Printing: Print current page, chapter, or series of pages - max 60
Download: User account required. Chapters in PDF or a series of pages (max 60). Full book downloads for 7 days (single user) or 14 days (multiple user) via ADE authorized software or application. Tablet devices should use thebrowser to access collection and download book to the BlueFire Reader app with an authorized ADE ID. Learn more.
Compatible Devices Tablet devices - iOS, Android (including Kindle FIRE) should install the BlueFire Reader app and authorize it with their ADE ID (email). Books must be borrowed using the browser on the tablet device. Non-tablet devices like older SONY, Nook, or KOBO Readers via a USB transfer from ADE software. ADE software must be installed on the users computer and authorized with an ADE ID. Older Kindles will not read these files. Search the ebrary support for step by step details on each device 
Limitations Titles published by Ashgate and Rowman & Littlefield have a 'limited-user license' and allow 6 simultaneous users only. These titles allow 7 day full document download only, not the 14 days that are available for 'unlimited-user' licenses. 'Users' in this context means people who have downloaded the text (either in its entirety or selected chapters) as well as people viewing online.
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BGSU has a number of titles purchased locally and by OhioLINK on the Ebook Central platform, and we also subscribe to two collections - the Business & Economics and the Education collections. 

Anatomy of a ProQuest Ebook Central Ebook

A. Create an account and sign in (top menu bar) to save your books and notes to a personal bookshelf. You can also create different folders within your bookshelf to better organize your content. A personal account is required in order to use the Download feature.

B. Download the entire book or just one chapter (see left navigation bar). The full book download will use Adobe Digital Editions and will expire in one or two weeks. Chapters will download as pdfs and can be printed or permanently saved on your own computer. If you download an entire book to your mobile device (phone or tablet) you will also need the BlueFire app.

C. The record indicates how many pages you can copy or print. Ebook Central ebooks generally allow up to 15% of the book to be copied and 30% to be printed.

D. The "Share Link to Book" icon is the permanent, persistent link to the book, and will work from on or off campus.

E. Easily browse the table of contents and jump to specific chapters.


Help with Ebook Central

Watch an Ebook Central training video or visit ProQuest's Ebook Central LibGuide.

Downloading an Ebook Central ebook

Ebook Central allows users to download chapters or entire books! You can either:

  • save a single chapter permanently as a pdf
  • download an entire book for seven or fourteen days (requires the free Adobe Digital Editions software)

You will see the download button when you are viewing a book in Ebook Central.


Once you choose to download an entire book, you will be prompted to sign in to your personal account. If you don't have one yet, create one by clicking on "Create an account."

Your download will expire after 7 or 14 days. Downloading the entire book requires using the free software Adobe Digital Editions and, on a mobile device, an app called BlueFire.

If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions, download it for free by using the link in the download box to connect to the Adobe site. Adobe Digital Editions works with a variety of platforms, including the Nook and several iPad and Android apps, but cannot be used on a Kindle.