No, you don't! Our e-books can just as easily be read via your phone, tablet, or computer browser. While viewing titles online, you can search their content, turn pages, and print -- all without having to download to your device. Downloading can be helpful if you wish to view a title offline, i.e., you wish to read an e-book without having to use the Internet, WIFI, or data to access.
Adobe Digital Editions, a free software download, is necessary to download e-books to a computer. All devices that support the Adobe Content Server are compatible, although some work better than others. Adobe Digital Editions links to compatible devices on their website. The process for transferring e-books to compatible e-readers differs by the device, so check the device's website for more detailed instructions.
Bluefire, an app available in the Android Market or Apple App Store, allows titles to be downloaded to a mobile device.
The check out period for a downloaded title can be anywhere from one to seven days. Most of the time, you get to choose the checkout period.
You don't have to remember to turn in an e-book because they automatically expire at the end of the checkout period. Hooray, no fines! You can, however, turn in an e-book early if you wish. Learn more here:
More information at EBSCO's downloading eBooks help page.
More information at ProQuest's full download help page.