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eBook Tips: Downloading eBooks with Adobe Digital Editions

Copied from the USask LibGuide created by Jaclyn McLean, Electronic Resource Librarian, University Library, University of Saskatchewan

Adobe Digital Editions

For eBooks from the Library that require Adobe Digital Editions, you will need to download the free software to your own desktop or laptop computer before you can read them. You will need to set up an Adobe ID and download Adobe Digital Editions. For each Adobe ID, you are limited to six devices that you can register to read your downloaded eBooks.

For iOS or Android devices, Bluefire Reader is the required app (available for download in the App Store and Google Play).

You can find more information on the Adobe website FAQ. They have also compiled a list of eReaders compatible with their software. If you need more help, Adobe has a help forum & live chat service available.

Any eBooks you download will expire after a certain date, as determined by the publisher.

You can return a book early if you're finished reading it:

  • In Adobe Digital Editions, right click on the item and choose "Return Borrowed Item."
  • In Bluefire Reader, click the Info tab and tap "Return Item."

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Can I use a computer in the library to download Adobe Digital Editions?

No, you must use your own computer or mobile device.

What eBook platforms might need Adobe Digital Editions?

Right now, some books on eBook Central (aka ebrary) and Scholars Portal will require Adobe Digital Editions.

Do other libraries use Adobe Digital Editions?

Yes! If you read eBooks through a Saskatchewan public library using OverDrive, then you've already got an Adobe ID and the required software. You're ready to read.