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

Alicia Prosser aprosser at westernu.edu
Wed Feb 19 10:48:40 PST 2020

Hi James,

Once a user clicks on the ebook link, it counts as a use.  So, they are not really accessing via the table of contents, they can just see the table of contents.  Sorry for the confusion.  We do have to purchase multiple copies or unlimited for our higher use titles.


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

Great contributions, I appreciate them.

For those of you who have disabled the download entire eBook feature, does this change the way you purchase EBSCO eBooks?

I imagine there would be no reason to purchase anything above 1 user access titles, if everyone could access the book via the table of contents.

Thanks again,
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Subject: Re: [Eril-l] EBSCO eBooks- has anyone disabled checkouts for ease of use?

Hi all,

We recently reviewed some of our ebook settings. Our testing revealed that even though we set 1SU ebook checkout to NO, we were still able to check it out.
EBSCO confirmed this is an open issue. I would contact them to get added to the list requesting this be fixed soon!
In addition, EBSCO's help documentation is not consistent for this topic. Just terrible!

Lynn Parliman MBA MLIS
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On Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 10:43 AM Ray, Emily <emily.ray at unf.edu<mailto:emily.ray at unf.edu>> wrote:

Hi James,

I think "Allow Offline (Downlaod Checkout of 1B1U Titles set to "No." - will prevent a user from "downloading" the ebook and keeping everyone else from using it until the checkout period expires for 1 user ebooks.

I think "Allow Download Outside eBook Viewer" is that sometimes you can "download" ebscohost ebooks without the Adobe acrobat reader device- but I'm not entirely sure.

I usually check w/ ebsco support about what is possible with the settings, and I'm not 100% what I'm saying is accurate.

Emily Ray

Electronic Resources Librarian

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

University of North Florida

emily.ray at unf.edu<mailto:emily.ray at unf.edu>


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

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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