eBooks Information

American Psychiatric Association Publishing now offers many new and backlist titles as eBooks directly on Appi.org. If a title is available in eBook format, you will find eBook listed beneath the ISBN on the individual book page. Simply click on the eBook link to purchase. Please note that you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed before downloading your eBook. In order to share the eBook among your devices you must have an Adobe Digital Editions username and password.

eBooks guide

Before purchasing an eBook from APA Publishing, we recommend you test your software and system configuration with a free sample eBook. Ebook purchases are nonrefundable.
  1. Download and activate the free eBook file-reading software, Adobe Digital Editions. If you have trouble downloading Adobe Digital Editions or would like more information about the app, please contact Digital Editions Help.

    Please note: Adobe Digital Editions is a different product from the more common Adobe Reader.

  2. Purchase an eBook from the APPI.org website or through another retailer such as Barnes and Noble, Google Play, or Apple's iBookstore.
  3. Once your payment has been accepted, you will be taken to a confirmation page that will prompt you to download your eBook. Your Adobe Digital Editions reader will open automatically and install your new eBook into your library. Instructions for downloading are provided throughout the process. You can now read your eBook or transfer it to a compatible device.

Transfer your eBook to an eReader

Adobe Digital Editions apps for tablets or other mobile devices are available from iTunes or Google Play.

To transfer your media physically, follow the steps below.

  1. First, verify that Adobe Digital Editions supports your device. Only physical eReader devices can sync with Adobe Digital Editions. If you are using an eReading application (iOS or Android), contact the publisher of that application for assistance.
  2. Connect your device via USB to your Windows or Macintosh computer. Do this step before opening Adobe Digital Editions. Otherwise, the application can't see it.
  3. Launch Adobe Digital Editions. Your device will appear on the left side in Adobe Digital Editions.
  4. Drag the eBook that you want to transfer to the picture of your device on the left. The eBook is now transferred to your eReader/eBook device. Learn more.

    Can't find your question? Try our FAQs!

    If you have any problems with your e-book order that are not addressed in this guide or our FAQs, please contact psychiatryonline@psych.org.
    If your problem concerns downloading or using Adobe Digital Editions, contact Adobe.
    For problems accessing your eBook on your device, contact the maker of the device.

    Find an eBook

    Browse our eBooks titles. You can search for an individual title by adding "eBook" to the title or author you are searching for, or browse eBooks by subject area on our products page.

    APA Publishing eBooks are also available from Barnes and Noble, Google Play, and Apple's iBookstore. eBooks are not currently available for institutional use.

    Buying an eBook from appi.org

    Add the eBook to your shopping cart and proceed with the ordering process. When your order is complete, you will be prompted to download your eBook. Please note that you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed before downloading your eBook. 

    Return Policy for eBooks

    We are unable to accept returns or offer refunds on completed, downloaded eBook purchases. Before completing your eBook transaction, please take care to ensure you have purchased the correct format and title and that your e-reader is compatible (remember, Kindles are not able to read our eBooks). We encourage you to activate Adobe Digital Editions and test your software and system configurations by downloading a free sample eBook before making your first purchase. If you have concerns about your purchase, please contact psychiatryonline@psych.org.


    Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 is designed to work with assistive technologies on Mac and Windows. You must separately install/enable these applications. Installation instructions can be found on the respective web sites (JAWS, NVDA, or Window-Eyes on Windows and VoiceOver on Mac). Version 2.0 was designed with support for full keyboard controls (tab navigation and shortcuts), improved text enlargement, and support for high-contrast modes. Shortcuts are listed in the Getting Started eBook that is installed along with the Adobe Digital Editions.