Ebook Central User Guide


The Ebook Central interface provides access to a rotating collection of 136,000+ ebooks covering business and economics, education, technology, the humanities, life and physical sciences, law and politics, medicine, social and behavioral sciences, language and literature, and career guidance. Texts that are permanently part of the Ithaca College Library are also accessible through this interface. 

Some ebooks are single-user access titles; all other ebooks support multiple-users simultaneously. You can view, download, and print pages from most ebooks.

Individual titles can be accessed through the Argos on the library's homepage or the complete collection can be found at Ebook Central.


It is easy to read books from Ebook Central on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

However, because the EBL e-books are all protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) software from Adobe Digital Editions, you need to do two things to set things up properly.  Download an e-book reader for your iPad that can display DRM-protected materials. Ebook Central recommends the Bluefire Reader which is free from the iTunes store.

You must have an Adobe ID set up in your Bluefire reader in order to open and read Ebook Central e-books. Register for a free Adobe ID at https://accounts.adobe.com/. The first time you use Bluefire, it will ask you for your Adobe ID and password, so make a record of it when you create it.   Once logged into Ebook Central, find the book you want to read, click the download button, and start reading.

Loan periods for each book are 7 days. When the loan period of the e-book has expired, Bluefire will display the message: "No license found". To continue reading the book, you must delete it from Bluefire and download it from Ebook Central again.

See the detailed information below:  

1. How do I download Ebook Central books to my ereader? 
See the Ebook Central Download guide for instructions on how to do this.

2.  How do I transfer downloaded Ebook Central ebooks to my ereader? Please refer to the ProQuest ebooks Support Center documentation for detailed instructions on transferring a downloaded ebook to a device.

3. How do I download a chapter from an Ebook Central ebook?
Please see the Chapter Download section of the ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide.

4.  How do I access Ebook Central books on my mobile device?
On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader.

5. How can I make sure that I print the correct pages of an Ebook Central book?
In the online reader. the page numbers in the top right corner of the page are the ones to use for printing:

     Ebook Central page ranges for printing

Before selecting Print in the online viewer, determine the range of pages you want to print. One way to do this is to go to the first page you want to print and note the page number. Then go to the last page you want to print and do the same. Next, fill in the printing page range with those numbers.

6. Why does the number of pages I can print or copy differ from book to book?
Please see the Copy and Print Limits article in the ProQuest ebooks Support Center for more information.

7. What can I do if I sign in to Ebook Central?
  • Make bookmarks and page notes for any available book.
  • Highlight text in any available book.
  • Quickly and easily access all books you have bookmarked, notated, or highlighted.
  • Be notified of new features and new document collections as they become available.

Printing and Downloading

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