Help for Your Device
Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks
Yes! Some of NC LIVE’s eBooks are downloadable. You can find these downloadable titles by searching or browsing within the following eBooks collections. Downloadable titles are marked with a special link or icon (see chart below).
|Collection||Look for this link/icon|
|eBooks on EBSCOhost|
You can use our “Help for Your Device” tool on the eBooks Help page to get step-by-step instructions for downloading NC LIVE eBooks. If you do not see your device, but your device is compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, you should be able to download the eBook to your computer and then transfer the eBook to your device. See the links below for more help with downloading eBooks.
NC LIVE eBooks are not supported for download on Kindle devices.
If you have a Kindle Fire, you can read NC LIVE eBooks in the browser while connected to Wi-Fi.
In eBooks on EBSCOhost, you can send up to 60 pages of an eBook in PDF format to your Kindle device. See these links for instructions:
Your library may have eBook titles available for downloading to a Kindle, through a vendor such as OverDrive. Contact your local library to see what Kindle-compatible eBooks may be available.
You can also find free, downloadable titles for your Kindle from Project Gutenberg.
The loan period depends on the collection the eBook belongs to:
|Vendor||Checkout period||Maximum # of checked out or downloaded eBooks||Maximum # of holds||Return eBooks early?|
|eBooks on EBSCOhost||7 days||50||50||No|
|Open Library||14 days||5||No Holds||Yes|
Absolutely! You can read all NC LIVE eBooks from any browser on your computer, or from the browser on any other internet-enabled device such as an iPad or Android tablet, smartphone, or browser-enabled eReader.
Adobe Digital Editions is free software that you install on your home computer and allows you to:
• Manage your downloaded eBooks
• Authorize your computer and mobile device to access DRM-protected eBooks
• Transfer your downloaded eBooks to a portable device
See this video tutorial about Adobe Digital Editions, or visit Adobe’s support pages for more information.
Your Adobe ID and password verify your identity. Adobe uses the ID and password to make sure that DRM-protected eBooks are being downloaded, loaned and shared between devices according to the publisher’s requirements. You can watch a short video about setting up Adobe Digital Editions or see the Adobe Digital Editions support page for more information.
EBSCO eBooks that are being viewed in the browser can be “closed” and immediately made available to other users, by clicking the Result List, New Search, Back, or Exit links in the eBook Viewer.
If an eBook is left “open” in a browser window but is no longer being used, then the eBook becomes available to other users after the last user’s EBSCOhost session expires (30 minutes, by default) and the system confirms that they haven’t used the title in 5 minutes (for a total of up to 35 minutes).
Please note that an EBSCO eBook that has been downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions cannot be returned early.
About NC LIVE eBooks
NC LIVE provides North Carolina’s libraries with access to over 25,000 eBook titles, including nearly 3,000 downloadable eBooks.
Many of these titles are non-fiction, including information in literature, health, technology, self help, history, social sciences, career development, reference books, and more.
Over 200,000 more downloadable eBooks are available through a partnership with Open Library, including fiction, young adult and children’s titles.
Many libraries have their own eBook collections in addition to what is offered through NC LIVE. Contact your local library to learn about other eBook collections that may be available.