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How To Download eBooks

Steps for downloading entire Ebook Central ebooks are somewhat complex and vary by device.  ESTIMATED time to complete this process the first time: 15 minutes (subsequent downloads are easier).

Are you sure you need the entire book? If yes, then continue:

Downloading ProQuest Ebook Central electronic books usually requires downloading and installing the free Adobe Digital Editions for computers. For iOS and Android devices, download Adobe Digital Editions from the App Store or Google Play respectively. 

One needs to also obtain an Adobe ID (set up a free Adobe Account) to access the ebook on more than 1 device.

ESTIMATED time to complete this process: 15 minutes.

Download Adobe Digital Editions
Download on the Apple App Store
Get it on Google Play

Sign in   Adobe Account

Steps to download an entire Ebook Central ebook include:

  1. sign in to Off-Campus/Enhanced Access with Hamline username and passphrase/password
  2. after viewing book, click download. Note that may need to sign in to off-Campus/Enhanced Access a second time.
  3. download and install Adobe Digital Collections (if you haven't already)
  4. download file for book and remember where it is (*.ACSM file)
  5. change Adobe Digital Collections to open ACSM files and browse to where you downloaded ACSM file from previous step
  6. in Adobe Digital Collections - need to create and sign in with Adobe ID OR Authorize without vendor ID
  7. view actual ebook

For more detailed download instruction steps see the Ebook Central download guide.

Most ebooks can be downloaded for use for up to 21 days. After that period, the Adobe software disallows reading for that book.

When you download, choose the length of time from the options dropdown:

Select 1, 7, 14, or 21 days


Q: If I download the full ebook, may I keep it permanently?

A: No.

Another option: you can download a PDF chapter from most ebooks. The PDF does not expire although you are expected to respect the copyright.

Viewing Chapters on a Kindle

KindleIt is not currently possible to download an entire Ebook Central book to a Kindle device. However, one can download chapters and read them on a Kindle or other device capable of displaying PDF files. Note that some ebooks limit the number pages which can be downloaded. 

Directions for downloading a chapter

Find a specific chapter in a book within Ebook Central and click "Download PDF Chapter". Or click the "Chapter Download" button

PDF button below blue menubar

Send the PDF to your Kindle email account

Remember where you have saved the PDF (which folder). Open up your email and attach the PDF you previously saved and prepare to send it to your Kindle account.

NOTE: this process will only work if the email from which you are sending it has been pre-authorized by you to send to your Kindle. 

To approve the e-mail address from which you wish to send the PDF:
1. Visit Manage Your Content and Devices page.
2. Sign-in to Amazon account.
3. On the lower right, under Let Us Help you, visit "Manage Your Content and Devices" > Preferences, and scroll down to "Personal Document Settings" .
4. Under "Approved Personal Document E-mail List" click "Add a new approved e-mail address".
5. Enter your desired sending e-mail address to approve and select "Add Address."
6. Send the PDF document(s).

After sending the PDF, on your Kindle, go to Home > Menu >"Sync & Check for Items". Note that you will need to have WiFi turned ON.


More Amazon Kindle  instructions for "Sending Documents to Your Kindle Library" are here:


Another option is to download the Send to Kindle app for your device on which you downloaded the PDF and use that to send the PDF to your Kindle.

Troubleshooting Tips

Under Personal Document Settings > Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings in your Amazon account, you can see the email address (destination) for your Kindle device. Ensure that this is the email to which you are sending the PDF attachment of the ebook chapter.


look for your unique Kindle email address in Personal Document Settings > Send to Kindle email settings

Ensure that the email from which you are sending the PDF is in the "Approved Personal Document E-mail List". 

screenshot of what that looks like:

Approved Personal Document E-mail List screenshot

Total size of attached file needs to be 50 MB or less. It is possible to .ZIP a file to compress it and then send it.

If attempting to email a PDF of an ebook chapter  to your account  is problematic, still another method is to connect a USB cable to transfer files from the device upon which you have downloaded the e-book to your Kindle.