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E-Books: Finding and Using Electronic Books

General information about downloading e-books

Most e-books can be downloaded for offline viewing.  Once an e-book is downloaded, you can read it on your device without an internet connection.

The last copy of an ebook from ProQuest will not be able to be downloaded or checked out. So, for example, if an e-book is single-user, it may not be downloaded. 3-user titles allow 2 downloads, and preserve online access for 1 user. Multiple-user titles may be downloaded.

If we only have access to a single copy of an EBSCOhost e-book, it cannot be downloaded.  If it is showing as not available, it is because someone is currently viewing it.  However, if we have unlimited access or concurrent access, all allowed uses can be downloaded. Concurrent access means there can be usually 365 uses per year, and there can be unlimited (within the 365 constraint) simultaneous users at a given time. With EBSCOhost concurrent access, even the last use can be downloaded.

In order to download e-books from ProQuest and EBSCOhost, you will need to create free accounts for these platforms. Both ProQuest and EBSCOhost will prompt you to sign in or create an account when you download an e-book.  

ProQuest here is used as shorthand for "ProQuest Ebook Central", which used to be called "Ebrary Academic Complete."

EBSCOhost here is used as shorthand for "eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)"

Creating an Adobe ID

Many e-books are protected by Adobe digital rights management (DRM) technology, which limits your ability to copy, print, and share content. To access e-books with Adobe DRM, you will need a free Adobe ID (see below). You will use this Adobe ID to authorize the Bluefire Reader or ADE (Adobe Digital Editions) reader app on your device.

Downloading ADE (Adobe Digital Editions) for Windows or Android

For off-line reading on Android and Windows devices, you will need to download the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software.  The Windows devices, in addition to supporting ADE, also support Bluefire.  There is more information on Bluefire below.

Click "Download" at the top.

Downloading the Bluefire Reader App for iOS, Windows, and Kindle

Bluefire Reader is a free reading app for iOS, Windows, and Kindle devices.  Please note that Bluefire is no longer supported on the Android platform.

Features include:

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

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


Downloading E-Books from ProQuest and EBSCOhost to your iOS device

To download an e-book to your iOS device, once you have identified an e-book of interest, follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Sign in to your personal account with ProQuest 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 ID and password (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. 

Two download options are EPUB and PDF.  Please be aware that with the PDF format you can not change the font size.  The only way to do this is the pinch zoom technique on each page.


Downloading E-Books from ProQuest and EBSCOhost to your Android device

As of Fall 2019, the Bluefire reader no longer supports the Android version of that app. ProQuest has a great site explaining how to download an e-book to your Android device using Adobe Digital Editions instead of Bluefire.

Downloading e-books to your Kindle Fire