[Eril-l] EBSCO eBooks- has anyone disabled checkouts for ease of use?

James C. Miller millerjc at hollins.edu
Wed Feb 19 07:31:16 PST 2020

Hi ER folks,

A little background, I and most others (students/faculty) find the EBSCO eBook interface poor, confusing, and frustrating.

Instead of encouraging students to check out/download the entire eBook in EBSCO, I often tell users to just go through the table of contents and find what they need and download/print/save from there.

Recently a single use eBook was assigned to a class as a textbook. One of the students checked out the entire book so it was inaccessible to others. I realized this would not have happened if the book wasn't available to check out.

Can you set up EBSCO eBooks so that you can download sections via the table of contents only? I see a section in the admin back end that gives the option "Allow Download Outside eBook Viewer" YES or NO

Has anyone experimented with this? If I select NO, will users still be able to access sections of the book via the table of contents?


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