Downloading an entire copy of a library ebook isn't as seamless as buying a personal copy of an ebook from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Because our books are designed to be device-independent and constantly available on the web, transferring them onto a proprietary ebook device requires some extra software and little effort on the user's part. Plus, you don't get to keep the book permanently; it expires after a few days. If you want to try it, we advise you to read this page first!
Check the other pages in this guide for details on the available download options. Some ebook providers allow you to download just a portion of the book as a normal PDF file that you get to keep.
Ebook Central allows full downloading of some ebooks, but only in the EPUB file format, which protects the publishers' digital rights.
Adobe Digital Editions, a free program, is required to view downloaded ebook files in PDF/A or EPUB formats on your computer. (If you see a file format called ACSM, this is a link which allows ADE to download the actual EPUB file.)
You will also need ADE in order to transfer a file from your computer onto an ebook reading device.
Once you have installed ADE on your computer or tablet, you must establish an Adobe account. The account is free, but does require registration.
When you open ADE for the first time, you will be prompted to login with your Adobe Account information and to authorize the computer on which you have installed ADE.
Adobe Digital Editions EPUB files are compatible with these common ebook devices:
You will have to manually transfer the downloaded file from your ADE library to your ebook device, for example, by connecting the device to your computer with a USB cable.
EPUB files can be read on iPad/iPhone and Android devices. This requires both Adobe Digital Editions and an appropriate ebook reading app, such as the Nook reader app.
If you don't already use one of these apps, try the free Bluefire Reader. (Search your app store for it.)
When you open the Bluefiire app, you will need to set it up to read Adobe Digital Editions. It should give you a message asking whether you want to "Enable Adobe eBooks." Say yes, and enter your Adobe Digital Editions username and password.
When you open a downloaded Adobe Digital Editionsthe file, you should get a message asking whether you want to open it in Bluefire; say yes.
For more details, check the Bluefire Support Center: Using Library Books.
Commerical ebooks in EPUB format are NOT COMPATIBLE WITH KINDLE!
For Kindle Fire, download the free Aldiko app to work with EPUB.