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Rhode Island School of Design


How to search for, locate, read online, and download eBooks from the eBook Academic Collection

4 Steps to Download an eBook

You can read eBooks (and print/download chapters) simply using your browser (guide here). If you prefer to "check out" an entire ebook for reading on your computer or mobile device, follow the steps below.


  1. You will need to have a personal EBSCO account. From within the eBook portal or Fleet Search, click "Sign In" at the top right. Create a new account or sign in with existing credentials (different from your RISD login).
  2. Download Adobe Digital Editions for free here. Download for mobile devices in your App store.
  3. Once you find an eBook you would like to check out, click "Full Download." Select the options you prefer.
  4. Open the downloaded file (.acsm format). It should open in Digital Editions automatically.
  5. When prompted to Authorize Your Computer, select "I want to authorize my computer without an ID" to skip this step.*
  6. Enjoy!


*Why skip it? RISD's single sign-on service with Adobe means this won't work. If you'd really like to sync eBooks across devices, you might consider making a separate Adobe ID for personal use.