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Find and Use eBooks : Downloading and Printing

Keep in Mind...

  • Options for downloading and printing vary by eBook collection.
  • Some eBook collections require you to create a personalized account to print and/or download.
  • Some downloads are temporary (e.g., seven days).
  • Depending on the eBook, the amount of material available for downloading or printing may be limited (e.g., chapters only).
  • In most cases, to print from eBooks, the content must first be downloaded as a PDF. 
  • Mobile device access varies greatly by eBook collection.
  • Viewing eBooks on dedicated eBook readers can be problematic.


Handouts: Proquest Ebook Central Printing & Downloading

eBooks and Accessibility

JAWS (Job Access With Speech)

  • Compatible with Adobe Digital Editions
  • Compatible with web-based eBook viewers
  • Level of support can vary, depending on the ebook vendor and device used (e.g., desktop computer versus tablet)

Adobe Reader for PDF files 

  • Adobe Reader can be downloaded free from
  • Install and then open the PDF in the Adobe Reader
  • Select the View menu, then Read Out Loud to activate
  • Select View > Read Out Loud again to start playback.
  • To configure options such as voice, pitch, speed, open Edit > Preferences > Reading

NVDA Screen Reader

  • A free and highly configurable text-to-speech (screen reader) program. Download it free from


Downloading eBooks Video


Free reader software for Proquest Ebook Central. This software is required for full downloads.

Free mobile device reader app for Proquest Ebook Central. You need a free Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader.


Comparison of Android E-Book Reader Software (Wikipedia)
Comparison of iOS E-Book Reader Software (Wikipedia)