Answered By: Christin Wixson
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2014     Views: 39

Hi Elizabeth,

This is Christin, one of the librarians at Lamson.  I was also disappointed when I found out my Kindle was too old to work with the EBSCO ebooks.  However, I'm happy to be able to tell you that if you are interested in reading the library's ebooks on a laptop, you don't really need to worry about specs or about downloading Kindle software.

There are two options for reading an EBSCO ebook on your computer:

1. You can read the book online (without checking it out) by clicking on eBook Full Text (see screenshot below).   This is the easiest and fastest way to get access to an ebook, but you must be connected to the internet to read the book.  After you click on eBook Full Text you can navigate within the book using the hyperlinked table of contents on the left or by using the arrows at the bottom to turn the pages. 

2. The second way to read an ebook on a laptop is to click on Download This eBook (just below the eBook Full Text link).  This is a good option to use if you are going to take your laptop to a location where you will not have an internet connection.  There are two accounts you need to set up before downloading an ebook.  First, create an EBSCO account by clicking on Sign In at the top of the page and then selecting Create a New Account.  

Next go to this website and download Adobe Digital Editions (versions are available for both Mac and PC).

Adobe Digitial Editions is the software you will use to open and read a downloaded ebook.  

If you have any questions about either of these methods, email me ( and I can walk you through them in more detail.

Hope this helps!

Christin Chenard