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E-books: Downloading Ebooks: Ebsco

Adobe Digital Editions and authorization

Like any published work, copyright on e-books is protected. This means that they can only be downloaded on authorized computers and devices.

You only need to authorize your computer or device one time. Here's how:

If you will read on a laptop or desktop: Download the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). 

Open ADE and authorize your computer. If you are not prompted, you can go to help-->authorize my computer. It will ask you for an adobe ID, which you only need to create once, for free.
You can authorize your computer without an adobe id. The advantage to creating one is that if you authorize multiple devices/computers with the same adobe id, you can easily download or transfer the same book on up to 6 different devices. You can avoid having to download a title multiple times by searching e-books from the device you will use to read them.
If you plan on reading downloaded content on an app, such as Bluefire, you will be prompted to authorize that as well. To authorize with Bluefire, you do need an Adobe id.

Downloading e-books

You must create an Ebsco account to download a book. Do that, sign in, and when you find a book you want, click:

When the book downloads, open it with ADE.
If you want to return a book, right click on it and choose “return borrowed item” 

 illustration of how to return a book

Apps for reading

ebsco app logo​ Ebsco has an e-book app that is available for free from the Apple or Google Play store. You can search our e-book collection from within the app.


Ebsco app screenshot

There are other readers, such as Bluefire, that work as well. If you think you will download e-books from Ebsco and Proquest, Bluefire is the better choice because it can be used for both.

Search for e-books on the device you will use to read them. So go to e-books from the library website or search from the Ebsco app.

When you download, you'll be asked where you want to read the book (whatever is on your device: the Ebsco app or Bluefire or whatever)



You can use Bluefire on the Kindle Fire. On older Kindles, PDF files must be converted into the native Kindle format .azw. Note that Kindle does support PDFs but reading on the device is optimized for the .azw format.

For the Nook and other supported devices, you can plug your device into your computer, launch Digital Editions, and transfer the book. You must have an Adobe id to do this.

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