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Learn how to use ebooks at UMW Libraries.

Ebook Databases

Downloading Ebooks to your Computer

Once you have downloaded the free Adobe Digital Editions software, follow these steps to download an ebook to your computer:

  1. Once you have found an ebook you wish to download, click on the "Download (Offline)" button
  2. If you are downloading an ebook through EBSCOhost, you will have to login to your EBSCOhost account or create one if you don't have one
  3. Once you are logged in and your ebook has loaded, click on the download button once more
  4. A screen will pop up asking you to select the loan period (you can borrow the ebook for a max of 7 days) and the file format you want the ebook to download as (PDF or EPUB)
  5. You will then be prompted to either Open or Save the file. Opening the file will launch the Adobe Digital Editions program automatically. If you are not ready to begin reading your ebook you can select Save so that you may access it later.

For a visual tutorial on downloading ebooks through EBSCO, check out the video at the bottom of the page.

Downloading Ebooks to your Tablet from ebrary and EBSCO

To download an ebook to your tablet device, once you have identified an ebook of interest, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Sign into your personal account with ebrary or EBSCOhost

  2. Click on the download button

  3. Confirm the loan period (typically 7-21 days)

  4. Select the Bluefire Reader app to open the file

  5. Enter your adobe password and ID (first time only)

The Bluefire Reader app will manage the loan period. Once the loan has expired you will not be able to open the file.

ebook Database Compatibility

Please Note: Only the ebrary and EBSCO ebook databases are compatible with both Adobe Digital Editions and the Bluefire reader app. So ebooks downloaded from these two databases will need both software for you to be able to read the ebook on your desktop or tablet.

Adobe Digital Editions

In order to download ebooks to your desktop for offline reading, you need to first download the free Adobe Digital Editions software. Click on the link below to download the software. On your first time using Adobe Digital Editions to read an ebook offline, you will be prompted to authorize your computer. You can authorize your computer with or without a Vendor ID. The default Vendor ID type is an Adobe ID, which you will need to have only if you want to read your ebook on multiple devices (other computers, tablets, phones, etc.)

Bluefire Reader App

Bluefire Reader is a free reading app.

Use it to:

  • highlight, comment, and bookmark
  • export annotations to email
  • get definitions for words
  • organize ebooks into collections

Download ebooks directly to Bluefire Reader. Sign in with an Adobe ID to access Adobe DRM-protected ebooks.

Installing the EBSCO Ebook App on your Kindle or Nook

If you are using a Kindle/Nook and you want to install the EBSCO ebook app, you will not be able to do so via the Google Play store. Follow these instructions in order to install the app on your Kindle/Nook:

  1. From the home screen of your Kindle Fire or Nook device, go to your Settings menu.

  2. Select Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) and select ON.

    Note: The location and description of this setting may vary by type of device.

  3. From your Kindle or Nook device, download the APK (app installer) by tapping this link:

  4. Once the download is complete, tap on the file and select Install.

Downloading Ebooks from EBSCO Video Tutorial