Answered By: Library Staff
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016     Views: 219

Yes, you can!

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free application that allows one to read compatible eBooks on personal computers. If you wish to read such ebooks on tablets or eReaders, ADE also becomes necessary to facilitate the transfer to these devices. In order to use the application, you will be required to sign up for a free Adobe ID. The installation process for ADE requires the existence of an Adobe ID, so be sure to complete and submit the form before installing.

Once you have an ID you can download books to your device. Please note that Kindles are not often compatible with ebooks that you did not purchase on Amazon but below are instructions on

Steps to download books onto an iPad, iPod, iPhone Android, Kindle Fire or tablet computer

  1. Make sure you have downladed the BlueFire app to your device. Bluefire is what you will use to read the book.
  2. Go to the Info button on the Bluefire app and authorize the app with your Adobe account. If you don't have an Adobe account, go here to create one.
  3. Search for ebooks in the library catalog from your device. Choose the ebook limit to only find ebooks.
  4. Choose one of the eBooks and open it from the link on the screen. The library gets eBooks from a few different vendors so your next page may vary slightly.  Look for the download button on the next screen.
  5. If it is an EBSCOHost ebook, you need to create a personal account in EBSCOHost in order to download the book. See this answer for more information on how to create an EBSCO account.
  6. If you get a page with download options, choose "Special Format. The entire document"
  7. It will prompt you to open the book with BlueFire Reader.
  8. Bluefire Reader should open and download the book, then giving you the option to read the book immediately or read it later.
  9. Go to the Library page to see the books you have downloaded. Clicking on the arrow to the right of the title will tell you how long it will be available to read on your iPad.
  10. Note: the "Get Books" icon at the bottom of the Bluefire reader will not bring you directly to any SIT library books, only book sellers.

Steps to download an eBook to a Nook

  1. ADE (Adobe Digital Editions) content works well on Nook devices. Before continuing, ensure that you have already installed ADE and activated it with your Adobe ID. Open ADE and connect the Nook to your computer. A Device Setup Assistant window will launch. Click the button Authorize Device.
  2. On you computer search for ebooks in the library catalog  Choose the ebook limit to only find ebooks.
  3. Choose one of the eBooks and open it from the link on the screen. The library gets eBooks from a few different vendors so your next page may vary slightly.  Look for the download button on the next screen.
  4. If you get a page with download options, choose "Special Format. The entire document"
  5. If it is an EBSCOHost ebook, you need to create a personal account in EBSCOHost in order to download the book. See this answer for more information on how to create an EBSCO account.
  6. Select the Library view in ADE, and drag the book you wish to read onto the Nook icon.
  7. The ebook is now available on your eReader. See the URL http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Technical-Support/Using-Adobe-Digital-Editions-ADE-Library-Books-and-Vendors-other/td-p/575651 for additional details.

Kindles

Adobe Digital Editions books do not currently operate on Kindle devices, so you must use the PDF option. PDF documents display moderately well on large screen Kindles such as the DX model. Smaller Kindles do not always display PDF documents adequately.

  1. On you computer search for ebooks in the library catalog  Choose the ebook limit to only find ebooks.
  2. Choose one of the eBooks and open it from the link on the screen. The library gets eBooks from a few different vendors so your next page may vary slightly.  Only books from Ebrary have a PDF download option. Look for the download button on the next screen.
  3. If avaialable, choose one of the Create an image PDF options. You can either choose to create a PDF of a chapter or up to 60 pages. If a chapter is greater than 60 pages, you must specify those pages. Click the OK button.
  4. Connect your Kindle device to your PC. Transfer the PDF to the \documents\ folder of your Kindle. The new book segment will appear along with the other titles on your device.

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